Enjoy incredible live music while enjoying a pint or two of many delicious craft ciders on offer plus beers, Gin and Prosecco as well!
There will also be a huge variety of delicious sausages, definitely not the standard bangers you would find in your local supermarket.
Non-Cider Drinkers fear not, there's not just Cider at this event! With a fantastic Craft Beer & Gin bar, there really is something for everyone!
You do need to buy tickets in advance and can do that here: https://www.tickettailor.com/events/eventticket/637937
We were met by Alison from Nightstop and one of her volunteers with a huge bag of leaflets and a request for us to deliver as many as we could on our run. Alison also told us more about what Nightstop does (read more below) and why these leaflet drops are needed - to find more volunteer hosts.
Joel led us out along the bunny walks up to Springfield where we passed Ian, who we hope will be back soon!
We started on Arun Close, followed by Humber Road (about 25% of Chelmsford's houses according to Andy and Russell), followed by many of the streets and their little cul-de-sacs named after places in the South West.
Based on Joel's estimate, the team delivered leaflets to somewhere between 300 and 350 houses. I never thought we would get through the huge number of leaflets I filled my bag with, but we did!
Nightstop volunteer hosts open their homes to young homeless people facing a night on the streets or sleeping in an unsafe place. Volunteer drivers and chaperones ensure these young people get to a place of safety.
It is a unique project which relies on community hosting to provide a safe, welcoming place for young homeless people in crisis. Communities and charities run Nightstop services in more than 30 locations around the UK, led and supported by the Nightstop team at Depaul UK, a national charity for homeless people. In 2019, volunteers provided 9,103 safe nights of accommodation to 937 people across the Nightstop network.
Alison Nightstop the Senior Coordinator wrote to Goodgym: "As you maybe already be aware, we are a new charity in Chelmsford and Colchester, but have been running for 35 years nationally, we are a homeless prevention charity that supports young people aged 16-25 years old who are at risk of becoming street homeless, we carefully match a young person with a Volunteer Host were they can stay for the night. Have a hot meal shower etc. whilst we work with local agencies to arrange a positive safe move on. Even though we are now live we are still urgently seeking more community hosts and spreading the word of Nightstop in the local communities. For this I was hoping you may have some volunteers who maybe able to help me in this quest by doing a leaflet drop in Chelmsford and Colchester. This was something I started to do a few months back but since became unwell and now need walking aids and have limited walking mobility."