Request practical support for an older person

Know someone over 60 who wants a hand with a practical task they can no longer do on their own? GoodGym may be able to help.

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Background-checked GoodGym volunteers help out older people with one-off tasks. They run out to the older person's house and help with household and garden tasks.

We can change lightbulb or smoke alarm batteries

We can do weeding and most gardening tasks

We can move furniture and other heavy household items

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How it works

GoodGym is a registered charity with lots of friendly runners who like to keep fit and help people. We stop off on our runs to help people with practical tasks.

It's free

Our tasks are carried out by volunteers so you don't have to pay.

It's safe

GoodGym volunteers are background checked and trained.

It's flexible

You can choose the time and date.

Request a task

Sign up to request a task for an older person that GoodGym runners can help out with.

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Tasks we help with:

  • help older people (60+) in the local community
  • focused on fixing a specific problem, such as clearing an overgrown garden, lifting heavy objects or changing smoke alarm batteries
  • last no more than 3 hours (and are often a lot shorter)
  • attended by a minimum of two runners

Tasks we cannot help with:

  • require a qualified professional, such as electrical works
  • involve exchange of money
    GoodGym runners are volunteers and do not expect payment for their time. Any exchange of money between GoodGym runners/volunteers is against GoodGym’s policy.
  • medical/health care related
    GoodGym tasks are not essential care. Essential medical requirements should be referred to social services.
  • food shopping or household care
    GoodGym tasks should be one-off tasks and not essential care. Essential care referrals should be referred to social services.

By requesting a task to GoodGym you confirm that:

  • The older person poses no risk of harm to the runner
  • The older person’s home or living environment poses no known risk or harm to the runner.
  • The older person has capacity to understand the situation.
  • Any necessary tools are available at the site
  • You have made arrangements for any waste to be collected if needed
  • You have explained that GoodGym runners are volunteers and not professional tradespeople

They were lovely, really helpful. It's a service I'd like to use again given the opportunity!

Mrs S, Southwark

The garden looks lovely. The ladies were very happy and smiley, it made me smile too.

Mrs A, Bristol

Looking lovely. Got some plants so getting out in the garden and planting again, makes me feel useful. Such lovely girls.

Mrs A, Islington

Frequently asked questions

If you have any questions please get in touch and we’ll do our best to help. - 0203 432 3920

How much does it cost?

It's free - GoodGym tasks are performed by our volunteers and do not expect payment for their time.

How do I get started?

All you need to do is sign up and provide the older person's details and we'll be in touch to organise a task to help them.

What sort of tasks are possible?

Our volunteers are not professional tradesmen, so we're not able to do certain tasks such as: painting, felling trees, putting up furniture.

Request a task

Sign up to request a task for an older person that GoodGym runners can help out with.

Get Started

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