Request practical support for an older person

Organisations working with older people aged over 60 can get support from GoodGym volunteers with practical household tasks.

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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

If you are part of an organisation that supports older people you request support for practical tasks.

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Please note
The older person must be aged 60 or over
The older person must have given consent for their details to be shared with GoodGym and agree with the plans outlined
Tools and equipment must be provided
Volunteers cannot use power tools or any tools they feel unsafe to use
Plans for removing furniture, garden or other waste must be in place
Our volunteers can
Move heavy furniture
Change lightbulbs/fire alarm batteries
Complete one-off garden clearances
Take down/put up curtains
Assemble basic flatpack furniture
Make homes accessible by moving furniture/items
Our volunteers cannot
Do skilled tasks (e.g. plumbing)
Clean or paint indoors
Handle people’s financial or personal affairs
Complete more than one garden task per beneficiary in a year
Care for older people
Do befriending

See our task referral pack for full details

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.
missioncontrol@goodgym.org - 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

If you are part of an organisation that supports older people you request support for practical tasks.

Get Started
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