Community mission

It's good to talk

4 GoodGymers made their way 2.0km to help the Slough Refugee Support in Slough.

  • Manjit Birk
  • Pam Banga
  • York runner
  • Slough runner
Thursday, 15th of June 2023
Led by Manjit Birk

This session came about after I had spent some time on another project with the English class participants from Slough Refugee Support. In those sessions I learnt some valuable lessons on the plight of those seeking asylum, aiming to obtain their citizenship and those who generally just wanted to learn English to support them with finding a job.

One area they wanted to get more involved in was volunteering. As the group leader for GoodGym Slough I knew immediately that this was something I could actually help them with.

So today's session was set up as a means of connecting communities, introducing volunteering, getting outdoors to support mental health and to practise conversational English with new people that the class had not met before....the GG volunteers.

With Helen, Pam and Nicola (who came all the way from Reading today to support this task) and Rosanne from Slough CVS, we had 5 of us in total to break off into smaller groups with the 9 attendees from the English class.

Noreen, the class teacher had set them with the remit of asking the 5 W;s and the H:-

  • Who;

  • What;

  • Why;

  • When;

  • Where;

  • plus the How

They were asked to use these in conversations with the GoodGym volunteers.

Although some were very shy at first, they did all really enjoy the task of walking, talking and litter picking. I had explained what we were doing, why we were doing it, where we were doing it and how we were doing it! Then we partnered off into smaller groups and went off in different directions.

In total we collected 8 bags of rubbish whilst chatting away about life, about their journey to the UK, how life was treating them and the challenges they faced. It was a humbling task. Mr E said he was very happy to be able to wear shorts in hot weather as in his home country, shorts were not permitted. Mrs M talked about when she arrived in the UK many years ago and the challenges she had faced and still faces.

What's so lovely about this group was that despite all that life has thrown at them and the challenges they face, they all have smiles on their faces.

At the end, we were treated by Rosanne with some healthy treats. I took the opportunity to let the group know how they could get involved in more GoodGym sessions - we really hope they come along to more sessions.

Report written by Manjit Birk

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Theresa Joseph
Theresa Joseph
Thursday June 15th, 2023 16:22

Fantastic report Manjit

Mark Gilyead
Mark Gilyead
Thursday June 15th, 2023 16:46

This is amazing!

Saturday June 17th, 2023 08:18

GreAt mission Manjit!

Manjit Birk
Manjit Birk
Saturday June 17th, 2023 08:20

Thank you all.. we really enjoyed it and will be arranging more like it

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Manjit Birk
Led by Manjit Birk

Area Activator for Slough....Running is my passion....Marathons to park runs I love them all! Running alone to running in pairs or groups

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