Annabel

Oxford

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Oxford

Springing into Action

Wed 31 Mar
Report written by Anwen Greenaway

Last night Oxford Mutual Aid was a hive of activity!

First we packed:

  • 6 Emergency Food Parcels (for 10 adults, plus children) to get some food to people who have run out.
  • 40 regular parcels (for 54 adults), full of food, cleaning supplies, toiletries, and baby stuff.

Next we loaded up 4 cars for motorised delivery routes, and restocked the shelves as much as possible.

Then, the big event....23 GoodGymers, plus GoodGym mascot Peggy the pooch, flexed their biceps and stretched their legs to deliver 32 parcels of essentials on foot and by bicycle.
With more than one delivery per GoodGymer there was quite a bit of to-ing and fro-ing around East Oxford, and even those without a double delivery found themselves loaded up to the gills with carrier bags. Gold stars to all those who brought rucksacks and bike panniers so that they could fit even more on their delivery route, and kudos to Ben and Georgia who managed to transport 6 bags full of goodies all the way to Marston - 1.8 miles by my calculation!

We might be out of the strictest lockdown measures for now, but the demand for food help isn't dropping. In fact tonight we had more emergency deliveries than we've had for a few weeks, and last week emergency requests for food support were at an all time high: 94 emergency food parcels were sent out over the course of the week, alongside all the regular food deliveries. An astonishing feat for a team of volunteers.

Thank you to Ruth for the donation of toiletries and to Lorenzo for the Ramadan goodies.
Welcome Lena - good to meet you!
Welcome back Annabel - lovely to see you for the first time since becoming a Mum. Hope you can make it back again soon.

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Parcel deliveries for OMA 31.3.21

Wed 31 Mar 18:00 pm
Richard Benson Hall, 276 Cowley Rd, Oxford, OX4 1UR
Alleviating food poverty

This week, for the first time on a Wednesday evening, we will split between 2 tasks!

We're now into our 5th consecutive month of Wednesdays at Oxford Mutual Aid, and the majority of our Wednesday team are still needed for food deliveries. 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. With the slight easing of restrictions on Monday the rule of 6 now applies, so delivery groups can be slightly larger. The clock change will mean we will have daylight so I might bring the litter pickers too.

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

There is a 2nd listing for this evening for 6 people to help The Children’s Allotment, do check that out and take your pick between the 2 tasks.

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Pudding the world to rights

Wed 16 Dec
Report written by Anwen Greenaway

Tonight a smaller but mighty GoodGym team delivered 25 food parcels to people all over Oxford. We even sent out our first turkey dinners and christmas puddings. With our volunteer numbers dropping a little in the run up to Christmas it's heartwarming to see the team pull together to ensure all the supplies make it to the people who need them. Many of our groups did double deliveries, making a big difference to the number of adults and children we were able to reach. Tonight between packing and deliveries we helped around 50 adults and and 5 children and babies.

We reached an exciting GoodGym Oxford milestone tonight - hitting the grand total of 2000 Good Deeds since we launched back in February 2019. Amazingly, 1275 of those Good Deeds were done in 2020. THAT'S how you respond to a global pandemic!

Welcome Mat - hope you enjoyed your first experience of GoodGym!

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OPTION 1: Parcel deliveries for Oxford Mutual Aid

Wed 16 Dec 18:00 pm
Richard Benson Hall, 276 Cowley Rd, Oxford, OX4 1UR
Delivering parcels of food and other essentials

Oxford Mutual Aid are helping people in need in Oxford:
* 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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Masked Crusaders

Wed 9 Dec
Report written by Anwen Greenaway

23 GoodGymers pulled together to deliver 25 parcels of food and other essentials tonight.

Parcels flew out going South, East and West across Oxford. Many of the team doubled back to the hall after dropping off their first parcel to check all the deliveries were under control, which was much appreciated on such a busy evening.

Shout out to Mark and Ben for sorting and restocking the shelves while the first parcels started going out.

Special mention to Rachael who did 3 deliveries tonight: Gold star!

Excellent teamwork as ever.

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Annabel went on a community mission
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Brace your ‘elf

Wed 2 Dec
Report written by Anwen Greenaway

Well, we're out of lockdown and into Advent: the Christmas countdown is on!

The food parcels we deliver on Wednesdays for Oxford Mutual Aid show no sign of reducing in number. This week we had a few extras on the list - a whopping 30 parcels to get to people.

Our parcels comprised 29 deliveries to regulars, and 1 emergency parcel for someone self-isolating to ensure they don't go hungry this week. The food parcels comprise a mixture of fresh and tinned goods, bread, pastries, and pre-prepared meals from the Oxford Mutual Aid Kitchen Collective. Not everyone has cooking facilities, so we do our best to ensure they still have a variety of options to see them through the week. We always also send out several packs of nappies, baby formula, baby food and baby clothes in Wednesday's parcels.

These are a lifeline to people. It's about sharing what we have as a community, not charity.

We have a policy of not sending any GoodGymer out on a delivery on their own, so most pair up, with our largest group a team of 6 - making sure we adhere to the Tier 2 rules. It's an important bit of social interaction for all of us as we are missing the day-to-day camaraderie of our workplaces and socialising with family and friends.

Welcome Heather. We're so happy you came to join us today, but really sad about your bike being stolen.

Big round of applause to Rob for reaching 100 Good Deeds tonight - 50 of those done in Oxford (largely with Oxford Mutual Aid) since transfering to us from Bath in September! Thanks for the celebratory flapjacks Bethan, and thank you to all of you who brought donations tonight - they are very much appreciated.

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Oxford

OPTION 1: Parcel deliveries for Oxford Mutual Aid

Wed 9 Dec 18:00 pm
Richard Benson Hall, 276 Cowley Rd, Oxford, OX4 1UR
Delivering parcels of food and other essentials

Oxford Mutual Aid are helping people in need in Oxford:
* 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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Annabel went on a community mission
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Oxford

Ready, bready...GO!

Wed 25 Nov
Report written by Anwen Greenaway

Another Wednesday, another evening of GoodGymers loitering in an East Oxford car park awaiting their food parcel pot luck. East, South and West; we have most of the city covered with our man and woman power.

This week we had 24 regular parcels to drop off around the city and one emergency parcel to deliver to ensure a family didn't go hungry tonight.

People often assume Oxford is a wealthy city, but there's a lot of poverty, not helped by the high cost of living and the pandemic. Each week our parcel numbers are rising and there's more and more demand for help putting food on the table.

The large number of deliveries GoodGym gets through on Wednesday evenings makes a big difference to the number of people who can be helped. We appreciate your energy and your time commitment, as well as your store cupboard and Christmas gift donations, and yes, for answering the last minute call for carrier bags!

3 of our lovely team reached the 10 Good Deeds milestone tonight: well done Anna, Sarah, and Zoe. We're very happy to have you involved.

Thank you for the yummy cakes Sarah. Hope you enjoy celebrating Thanksgiving tomorrow!

Welcome Rosa and Claire - great to meet you both!

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First day post-Lockdown OMA parcel deliveries

Wed 2 Dec 18:00 pm
Richard Benson Hall, 276 Cowley Rd, Oxford, OX4 1UR
Delivering food parcels to people

Oxford Mutual Aid are helping people in need in Oxford:
* 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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Annabel signed up to a community mission
Community mission
Oxford

Oxford Mutual Aid parcel deliveries

Wed 25 Nov 18:00 pm
Richard Benson Hall, 276 Cowley Rd, Oxford, OX4 1UR
Delivering food parcels to people

Oxford Mutual Aid are helping people in need in Oxford:
* 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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