A herioc four of us (including Julius at his first ever sesssion!) managed to tear ourselves away from our desks on a Friday lunchtime for some grave clearing at the beautiful St Mary's Church in Walthamstow village.
GoodGym Waltham Forest are regulars here and head gardener Tim met us promptly, gave us a selection of fierce looking tools and showed us to an area of the graveyard that needed a little TLC.
We spent a lovely 45 minutes clearing Ivy and brambles from the graves, chatting away and genereally enjoying being outside the sunshine.
Want to join us? We'll be back next Friday 21st January for another lunchtime session. Join us by signing up here.
Come and join me at the wonderful St Mary's Churchyard for a lunchtime gardening workout. We've been working on this task for a while now and there is still plenty of weeding and clearing to be done in order to make the area look lovely for the local residents.
Run, walk or cycle - you decide. Just meet at 1pm in the churchyard. Bring gloves if you can.
There is another session next Friday, 21st January, at 1pm. Sign up to that session too here.
Although it is a New Year (best wishes to all!), the work of the Mutual Aid foodbanks hasn't changed much - still lots to do.
As such, a team of now veteran foodbank packers assembled this morning to meet Irfan in Genevieve's absense to pick, pack, sort, re-stock, clear rubbish and no doubt a few more things.
Just about all the packs were ready for collection by the time the drivers were coming in - job well done!
See you in 3 weeks for the next round?
The mutual aid food bank is in need of some helping hands to help prepare and pack food packages for the residents in need.
Any help is appreciated!
As always, you're encouraged to walk/run/cycle to the mission and back, if that's available to you
Aj has completed their 15th good deed with GoodGym
It was the GoodGym show today at Bethnal Green Food bank as 5 of us turned up for a lunchtime session preparing for the big day tomorrow - Wednesday is distribution day when the members of the community reliant on the food bank are able to collect an essential bag of groceries for the week ahead.
We joined a few of the regular volunteers and as most of us were new to the Tuesday sessions we quickly got up to speed with what was needed.
Initially we set about preparing the bags that are to be handed out tomorrow, starting with the packs for families with children which were very quick to assemble.
Then by the time the majority of us had arrived we moved onto the meat bags, which involved picking a number of standard items including cereal, orange squash, rice and some tins along with the meat specific portion of the bag.
Once we finished that and we were onto the 81 bags of fish 🐟 based packages we were in full flow and it was just the 5 of us racing through the bags in next to no time as we had very much honed the process. It was a very collaborative effort with the efficient production line of bag packing a joy to behold.
Once that was all sorted we handled a number of other miscellaneous tasks around the food bank before heading our various ways, pleased with another good deed done.
Special mention to Jess on her second ever task 👏 Here's to many more!
Good Gym TH have been helping out at Bethnal Green foodbank all year and they have requested us especially over the busy Christmas period as a lot of their regular volunteers are away with family outside of London.
This sign up is for Tuesday the 4th where we will be unloading the weekly delivery, packing the weekly bags for Clients on Wednesday and sorting through any Christmas donations from some of our lovely local drop off points.
The event will be listed for the full session of 12-3.30 (end time depends on how quickly the work gets done) but volunteers are welcome to drop in for any length of time you can spare - an hour, 2, 3 or the whole session!
This is an indoor task so please bring your mask and expect to wear it. Also expect Christmas tunes and fun chats with some other local volunteers! :)
All those donated presents ofcourse need checking & wrapping - which is where Goodgym comes in! 6 of the Redbridge crew braved the early morning cold & drizzle and joined Dan & his team to work through the pile of toys & books, wrap and label them for the age range.
In total the whole team sorted/wrapped/packed:
- 180 presents for the Magpie kids
- 50odd books for teenagers
- 60odd presents went to Essex Family Services
- a bag full of babygrows sent out
- cot checked and sorted for pick-up
And beyond all that, a couple of bags of assorted donated clothing got sorted and split in size ranges.
Lots of praise and thanks from the organisers to all that came down to help out!
Aj just completed a six month streak of doing missions. That’s so many bags of garden rubbish cleared and jobs done to help someone out and put a smile on their face. Give Aj a cheer to encourage them to keep up the good work.
It was a very well organised event with free tea and coffee plus cake and biscuits supplies, always a win win!! We were given gardening gloves and a Spade then shown how to plant the tree saplings. There were a large number of local neighbours and residents who attended the session, as there were hundreds of saplings to be planted. Once planted we covered the ground area with mulch to protect the trees . It was a very worthy cause, and within the next 20 years will combat the noise and pollution from the M11!!