Alex

Oxford

11Good deeds

11runs

31cheers

Alex has cheered by other people 25 times. Wed 24 Feb 2021

Alex is part of a crowd that's making a huge noise. Alex has been cheered by 25 people - that's a round of applause just on their own. We hope they keep it up.

Alex went on a community mission
Community mission
Oxford

Cake & cookies in Cowley

Wed 24 Feb
Report written by Bethan Greenaway

IT’S OUR BIRTHDAY!!

Far from hitting the terrible twos, tonight we celebrated in true Goodgym Oxford style by helping our local community and eating baked goods. In the last 2 years 2516 good deeds have been done by 238 runners (and walkers and cyclists). An amazing achievement, especially when you consider that half of this time we have been in the grip of a global pandemic!

It was so lovely to start our task in the light – actually seeing (half) of people’s faces was brilliant after what has seemed like a never-ending winter. It won’t be long until we are starting and finishing our evenings in the light – spring is a-springing!!

Oxford Mutual Aid recently featured on ITV news trying to highlight just how important the work that they do is. Demand for emergency food parcels and the general week-to-week deliveries are on the rise, and so the time that we give them is vital and gratefully received. OMA have paired with some wonderful local suppliers and restaurants; The Kitchen Collective, Taste Tibet, and most recently Syrian Sisters, all of whom provide delicious, nutritious meals which go out in the parcels we deliver. This week we delivered 40 regular and 4 emergency parcels. These deliveries helped 59 adults and several children and babies.

A huge thanks to Anwen and Martha for the delicious vegan treats and welcome to Esmee who chose an excellent evening to join us! We hope to see you again soon. A 'dedication to GoodGym' award has to go to Jessy for coming to help tonight despite being on crutches. Following in Aoife's hop-steps there!

And finally, many virtual pats on the back and foot rubs go to Rob who managed to drag himself along tonight despite finishing his amazing challenge of running 7 half marathons in 7 days to raise money for OMA. We think that you are brilliant, potty, but brilliant. Now go and have a nap!

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Alex signed up to a community mission
Community mission
Oxford

Parcel deliveries for OMA 3.3.21

Wed 3 Mar 18:00 pm
Richard Benson Hall, 276 Cowley Rd, Oxford, OX4 1UR
Alleviating food poverty

We're now into our 5th consecutive month of Wednesdays at Oxford Mutual Aid. It's proved to be a valuable partnership for us and provided crucial extra help for Oxford Mutual Aid through this COVID lockdown winter. It has kept us busy and connected with each other, and enabled Oxford Mutual Aid reach more people with deliveries of food and other essentials. Whilst we hope to be able to offer a greater range of tasks soon, we're really pleased to be continuing to support Oxford Mutual Aid in their vital work.

This 6pm task will be delivering food parcels within walking distance of Richard Benson Hall. We will divide into small groups to deliver in different areas. No-one will be asked to deliver on their own. We will stagger your arrival times at the hall, and you will receive an email on Wednesday (around lunchtime) to let you whether to arrive at 6pm or 6:15pm.

Please wear a mask when you arrive at the hall to collect the food parcels and when you drop them off with the recipient.

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Alex signed up to a community mission
Community mission
Oxford

Parcel deliveries for OMA 24.2.21

Wed 24 Feb 18:00 pm
Richard Benson Hall, 276 Cowley Rd, Oxford, OX4 1UR
It's our birthday!

This week we mark GoodGym Oxford's 2nd Birthday!! We launched in Oxford on 20th February 2019. Shame we can't have a party, but HOORAY for 2 years old!!

This 6pm task will be delivering food parcels within walking distance of Richard Benson Hall. We will divide into small groups to deliver in different areas. No-one will be asked to deliver on their own. We will stagger your arrival times at the hall, and you will receive an email on Wednesday (around lunchtime) to let you whether to arrive at 6pm or 6:15pm.

Please wear a mask when you arrive at the hall to collect the food parcels and when you drop them off with the recipient.

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Alex has completed 10 good deeds with GoodGym. Wed 10 Feb 2021

Alex has done 10 good deeds. They are a trusted GoodGym runner and are now eligible to join their local TaskForce.

Alex went on a community mission
Community mission
Oxford

Ice, Rice, Baby parcels

Wed 10 Feb
Report written by Anwen Greenaway

Showing my age with the report title?!

Tonight we packed 43 parcels of food, cleaning products, toiletries and baby essentials (nappies, baby food, formula). Those parcels will support 61 adults in Oxford and their children, helping them to make it through another difficult week in lockdown. We delivered 31 parcels between us, with others collected by recipients or other OMA volunteers.

We're getting familiar with some of the Wednesday evening regulars now, and some are quite keen to chat. Tonight's feedback was gratitude for the flowers that we included in parcels a couple of weeks ago which serendipitously were delivered just a couple of days before the recipient's birthday, thanks for including lots of corned beef (a favourite), and a query about if we were Olympic athletes (slight disappointment that we're not).

Last week in total Oxford Mutual Aid packaged and delivered 205 regular food parcels, which reached 378 adults, 259 children and 36 babies, plus 51 emergency parcels . Through Kitchen Collective, they made 502 meals, delivering these to a total of 145 households. Taste Tibet, Wadham College and Jam Factory also helped make 370 additional meals this week.

It's great to be involved!

Welcome Holly and Ruth - great to have along on your first GoodGym evening!

Well done Anna for reaching 50 Good Deeds, and also to Alex for reaching the 10 Good Deed milestone.

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Alex signed up to a community mission
Community mission
Oxford

Parcel deliveries 10.2.21

Wed 10 Feb 18:00 pm
Richard Benson Hall, 276 Cowley Rd, Oxford, OX4 1UR
for Oxford Mutual Aid

We're now into our 4th consecutive month of Wednesdays at Oxford Mutual Aid. It's proved to be a valuable partnership for us and provided crucial extra help for Oxford Mutual Aid through this COVID lockdown winter. It has kept us busy and connected with each other, and enabled Oxford Mutual Aid reach more people with deliveries of food and other essentials.

This 6pm task will be delivering food parcels within walking distance of Richard Benson Hall. We will divide into small groups to deliver in different areas. No-one will be asked to deliver on their own. We will stagger your arrival times at the hall, and you will receive an email on Wednesday (around lunchtime) to let you whether to arrive at 6pm or 6:15pm.

Please wear a mask when you arrive at the hall to collect the food parcels and when you drop them off with the recipient.

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Alex went on a community mission
Community mission
Oxford

Very Fine Pears

Wed 20 Jan
Report written by Anwen Greenaway

Storm Christoph may have been raging, but it takes more than some wind and rain to deter our hardy team. 32 GoodGymers wrapped up in waterproofs and turned up at Oxford Mutual Aid at staggered start times to help get food and other essentials to 53 people around Oxford. We packed 38 parcels for regular recipients and 4 Emergency Parcels to tide people over a hungry period. Delivering in pairs (pears?!) proved extremely efficient, or maybe the filthy weather was an incentive to walk fast; either way everything was delivered in record time.

Although many foodbanks stick to tins and dry food, Oxford Mutual Aid have teamed up with SOFEA and Oxford Foodbank and are sent regular deliveries of fresh, unprocessed food. This means that food parcel contents vary each week, we are more likely to be able to meet the recipients dietary requirements/preferences, and hopefully people don't get bored of eating the same foods every week. After the tofu mountain last week, this week's glut was of pears, root vegetables (perfect for winter soups and stews), and tenderstem broccoli. We were also pleased to have lots of bunches of daffodils to add to the essentials - a welcome reminder that spring is on it's way, and something cheery to brighten up this tricky lockdown winter.

Many of the regular food recipients do not have cooking facilities beyond a kettle and microwave (some only have access to a kettle), so the OMA Kitchen Collective reheatable meals are vital. This week we were able to supply several portions of Cottage Pie courtesy of Rogan Chef Services - chef Diarmuid Rogan cooked up cottage pie from meat and vegetables which would otherwise have gone to waste last week. Waste not want not!

This winter lockdown is proving difficult financially and emotionally for so many people. GoodGymers are in no way immune from the difficulties of this time, and continuing to volunteer has provided structure and positivity to our weeks.

Great work again team.

  • Welcome Annabelle - so glad you decided to join us today.
  • Well done on doing your 10th Good Deed Tamasine!
  • Best of luck with your 6 weeks helping at the hospitals in Gaza Aoife. You're our hero!
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Alex signed up to a community mission
Community mission
Oxford

Parcel deliveries 20.1.21

Wed 20 Jan 18:00 pm
Richard Benson Hall, 276 Cowley Rd, Oxford, OX4 1UR
for Oxford Mutual Aid

We're into our 3rd consecutive month of Wednesdays at Oxford Mutual Aid. It's proved to be a valuable partnership for us through this COVID winter, keeping us busy and connected with each other, and helping Oxford Mutual Aid reach more people with deliveries of food and other essentials. Now that we are in lockdown again I intend to keep us involved with this essential work through January and February. We will stagger your arrival times at the hall, and you will receive an email on Wednesday (around lunchtime) to let you whether to arrive at 6pm or 6:15pm.

Oxford Mutual Aid are helping people in need in Oxford in a variety of ways:
* Providing food parcels and hot meals.
* Providing items like baby products, toiletries, and masks
* Collecting prescriptions, running errands
* Signposting to other services where needed

They need lots of volunteers to provide this help to people, and they’ve asked for our help to pack and deliver food parcels on Wednesday evenings.

This 6pm task will be delivering food parcels within walking distance of Richard Benson Hall. We will divide into small groups to deliver in different areas. No-one will be asked to deliver on their own.

Please wear a mask when you arrive at the hall to collect the food parcels and when you drop them off with the recipient.

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