Aoife Fitzgerald

Oxford

31Good deeds

31runs

119cheers

Aoife Fitzgerald went on a training session
Training session
Oxford

Muddy feet and soggy toes

Sun 7 Feb
Report written by Bethan Greenaway

February has been pretty rainy so far. This week's runs resulted in muddy legs and soggy toes for those running in the UK.

Other activities have included yoga, cardio and many many walks.

Huge congratulations to Aoife who completed her first run since her bike accident running in Gaza whilst out there helping with the Covid-19 outbreak. A true hero.

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Aoife Fitzgerald has done a 6 month mission streak. Wed 20 Jan 2021

Aoife 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 Aoife a cheer to encourage them to keep up the good work.

Aoife Fitzgerald 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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Aoife Fitzgerald went on a community mission
Community mission
Oxford

SouPear Food

Wed 20 Jan
Report written by Anwen Greenaway

Tonight 5 GoodGymers packed 38 parcels of food and other essentials for regular recipients and 4 emergency parcels to help people through a tough time. These packages will help 53 adults and several children and babies.

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.

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Aoife Fitzgerald signed up to a community mission
Community mission
Oxford

Packing food parcels 20.1.21

Wed 20 Jan 16:30 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. Given that it feels like we are teetering on the edge of Tier 3 or 4 restrictions I intend to keep us involved with this essential work through January, and likely February too.

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 task will be based inside Richard Benson Hall preparing the food parcels which the 6pm team will deliver the same evening. You will be needed for 1 - 1.5 hours. If you aren't available at 4:30pm arrival any time up to 5pm will be fine.

Please wear a mask.

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Aoife Fitzgerald went on a community mission
Community mission
Oxford

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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Aoife Fitzgerald signed up to a community mission
Community mission
Oxford

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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Aoife Fitzgerald went on a community mission
Community mission
Oxford

Remember, remember, OMA in November

Wed 4 Nov
Report written by Anwen Greenaway

Remember, remember, OMA in November
Baby powder, treacle and stock

As we head into lockdown through November we have teamed up with Oxford Mutual Aid. We have agreed that GoodGym Oxford will pack all their Wednesday evening parcels of provisions and deliver all of them within walking distance of the hall.

But first things, first; we had a whole host of GoodGym milestones to celebrate this week! We celebrated Ben's 100th Good Deed, Annabel's 50th and Chris's 10th with beautiful brownies and fabulous flapjacks provided by Bethan. Yummy. Thanks for providing us with an excuse for some cakey joy you three!

Lockdown eve saw the streets of Oxford busy with people grabbing their last chance to socialise, but when you're a GoodGym member Wednesday night socialising takes a different format from the usual options, and for us there's nothing better than a good deed and a thorough chin wag.

Tonight we had 12 food parcels, 9 baby provision parcels, and 2 emergency family-sized parcels to pack and distribute.

Pairing up, as last week, but rotating partners so that everyone chatted to someone new, it was on with the deliveries...almost double the number as last week. You fabulous lot turned out in force, giving us plenty of pairs of hands to get everything to the doors of people in need. Nappies, reheatable meals, bags of baby clothes, tinned soup, fresh fruit and veg...it was all flying out of the OMA hall in Oxford tonight.

We were definitely putting the 'Gym' into GoodGym, with heavy bags full of tins and fresh veg getting our arm muscles working, and distances up to 2 miles to walk to delivery addresses. At least one of us ran the return journey: Witness the Fitness!

Oxford Mutual Aid are extremely appreciative of your efforts:
"So so so so so happy you’re all on board."

"Honestly so so so glad to have joined up."

"You guys are incredible."

The items some of you brought to donate were very much appreciated.

Thank you to Holly for the excellent report title pun!

Warm welcome to our new attendees Samantha and Guillem. Lovely to have you with us!

We'll be back with Oxford Mutual Aid again next Wednesday. I hope you go into lockdown with a warm glow from doing something lovely for others.

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Aoife Fitzgerald signed up to a community mission
Community mission
Oxford

Oxford Mutual Aid parcel deliveries

Wed 4 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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Aoife Fitzgerald went on a community mission
Community mission
Oxford

GoodGym came in 2 by 2, hurrah, hurrah!

Wed 28 Oct
Report written by Anwen Greenaway

Oxford Mutual Aid have been doing awesome work addressing food poverty in Oxford.

They provide free reheatable meals, emergency food parcels, and regular food deliveries, amongst other things. Although there may be points to make about the tragedy of this being necessary, we are very fortunate to have them here to support those in need in our city.

We made contact with Oxford Mutual Aid to offer our help only a couple of weeks ago and they have embraced our team with enthusiasm and appreciation. Having GoodGym help pack parcels and making regular food deliveries on their behalf enables them to get people off their waiting list and into the system receiving regular free food parcels. It also takes the pressure off their volunteer delivery drivers so they can focus on the larger parcels and addresses further afield.

We received our list of deliveries on Tuesday night, with an emergency addition on Wednesday, and divvied them up between our team. Most set off in pairs, with the exception of Team Microwave, who with food AND a microwave to deliver were allowed an extra pair on their delivery route. Whilst not quite what they may have been expecting to deliver tonight, their extra effort to get the microwave to the address means that person can now have hot food, whereas they previously had no cooking facilities.

A few of our GoodGym crew remained behind at Richard Benson Hall to make up further parcels and get the shelves restocked.

I hope you all enjoyed your walk and chat and that you got to know someone new tonight :-) I was very impressed by the snazzy masks you all wore!

Whilst it isn't our normal way to return to the same task week-in-week-out, this is a vital task and has never been more needed than it is now, so we are going to make this a regular Wednesday evening task. I'm certain we will be a highly-efficient food delivery machine! Options to help other projects will be available on other days, so there will still be plenty of variety to choose from.

A warm welcome to Alexandra and Rebecca who joined us for the first time tonight.

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