Please note that this community mission has been cancelled.
It's official! Since the Capitol Shopping Centre have loved having the Atma Café there for the past 3 years and have been super supportive & generous, the café is able to stay a little longer 😍
But, it won't be Atma anymore - it's being transformed into a Food For Life Wales Wellness Hub! Thus they need a few volunteers to help them renovate the space to turn it into a tranquil, safe haven in the heart of the city. Tasks this time will be moving the furniture and shop stock etc. Then helping to lay the floor.
Shift 1: 9-10am - Up to 6 volunteers are needed for shifting furniture. Some heavy lifting (though not all).
Once ready, the Hub will be used for meal pick-ups, networking, meetings, and even include a little shop where visitors can buy merchandise & other goodies to support the Food for Life Wales services 💛
It's an exciting chance to be in at the ground floor (haha!) of this development - sign up now!
Social distancing will be observed throughout the site, and please bring your own mask and gloves.
With storm Alex forecasted, the task at Global Gardens seemed a bit daunting for a Saturday morning. However, this was not going to put 6 super keen Goodgym runners off. There was work to be done, and as always, Poppy was there to greet the runners with her usual friendly smile.
She soon put the runners to work, offering gloves and secateurs, pointing the workers in the right direction. The task at hand was to clear some brambles to make way for a children’s play area. They had already started clearing... but there was quite a bit left to do. This was going to keep the runners busy for a while!
Whilst chatting about this and that, everyone got to work. Cutting, ripping, pulling and stomping- this was not going to be easy. It was a very prickly situation. Some of the runners also set about helping Poppy with digging a hole for a water container. This was going to store water for a new space they had been working on over the last year.
An hour and a half later, and the runners had managed to clear a large space. Of course, there was more to do, but for now, the job was done and it was time to head off. Until next time.....
Our friends at the Global Gardens Allotment continue to need support with the upkeep of the allotment. Can you be one of the heroes that helps out? The lovely Poppy is the task organiser and will make you feel welcome at the allotment when you arrive. She always provides exciting tasks that make a big difference!
Last Saturday, 8 GoodGym runners met at the Shree Kutchi Leva Patel Samaj Community Centre in Cardiff, where they helped the wonderful Food for Life Wales organisation.
If you're not familiar with them, Food for Life Wales seeks to ensure that no one in South Wales goes hungry or is malnourished. They have been active in the South Wales region for over 20 years, and since lockdown started in March 2020, they have distributed over 75,000 meals to the vulnerable, the isolated and key workers in over 15 hospitals and 20 GPs surgeries across 3 health boards - WOWZA!!!
We had runners who had not helped out at FFL previously, so FFL volunteer Sophie gave us a brief introduction on what the organisation does, and what the task was for the morning. We started out with dessert (love THAT idea!) - cutting up chocolate tray cakes into small squares and then packing them up into bags, to add to meal delivery bags. I can not think of a better way to start a volunteer shift!
Once all the cake was packed up, we moved on to filling take-away style containers with the best smelling dahl, with lovely fluffy rice with veg. All I've got say is - lucky recipients of these meals! I smelled gorgeous and it was! - all volunteers were given left over containers to take home (mine being quickly devoured as soon as I got home).
When we were through, we helped clean up - that rice gets everywhere! Wiping down tables, hoovering the floor, and a final mop - even helping with the washing up! - were all undertaken by our GG vols on the day.
As usual it was a pRICEless opportunity to help out a hugely worthwhile organisation to support those in our communities who need it most. Thanks Food for Life Wales and thanks GoodGym volunteers!
Note: the correct address is the Shree Kutchi Leva Patel Samaj (Cardiff) Community Centre, Mardy Street, Grangetown, Cardiff CF11 6QT
Food for Life Wales seeks to ensure that no one in South Wales goes hungry or is malnourished. They have been active in the South Wales region for over 20 years.
GoodGym Cardiff and Vale have the opportunity to help them out again, prepping food for the many meals they make to help the vulnerable.
With Food for Life, you never know what the mission will entail: it may be chopping vegetables to add to delicious curries, packing up cakes to add to the meal packages, dishing out dahl into take away tubs, or a spot of cleaning in the kitchen (wait until you see the size of the pots!). You just never know, but you can be confident that your efforts will helping them to provide healthy plant-based meals to many vulnerable people and families throughout South Wales. It's all good fun and the Food for Life people are extremely appreciative our everyone's contributions.
Note there may be other volunteers present who are not GoodGym runners. Physical distancing will be maintained throughout the task, and masks and gloves can be provided but please bring your own just in case they run out.
Hedging our bets by wearing gloves whilst doing gardening, and we certainly a lopper fun in the process!
A whopping 24 runners turned up to GoodGym this evening!
An amazing turnout of 24 runners showed up to GoodGym tonight - A fantastic number! A HUGE welcome to Katie, from GoodGym Barnett/Camden and MASSIVE welcome to Peter who was joining GoodGym for his FIRST EVER GoodGym run - We always love seeing new faces at GoodGym. Don't forget to bring your mates / family members... we want them all to come!
Ben, the trainer of GoodGym was very considerate of the current climate and so, instead of shaking everyone's hand when they arrived, he bumped their elbows, as advised by health experts! At the start of the run, Ben also reminded everyone of the current guidelines re: attending GoodGym activities. You can view the guidelines by clicking here. NB: As this is a rapidly changing situation, GoodGym are constantly monitoring this to ensure they are responsive to the latest advice.
Welsh Dave led a warm up that involved no physical contact! He was very mindful of the current climate. He had planned a warm-up that involved passing a ball over heads and between legs, however changed the plan in the final hour to minimise the risks of germs spreading. What a hero!
- Mikey led a fantastic run on the weekend to help set up the international women's day banquet at the Wales Millennium Centre.
- Nathan took part in a race over the weekend - Woopee! He is really loving his races.
Let's run to the task
After Welsh Dave got everyone warmed up, it was time to head to Grangemoor Park, the entrance to the park located by Ikea. Welsh Dave led the speedy group and Ben led more of a relaxed pace group. Despite the task being about 2 miles away, it wasn't long before we had all arrived with our high levels of enthusiasm ready for the task that lay before us.
*Welcome GoodGym! Tonight's task will involve cutting back the overgrown bushes and litterpicking *
Claire from Sustrans gave us a very warm welcome. Sustrans is a UK walking and cycling charity and custodian of the National Cycle Network. Its flagship project is the National Cycle Network, which has created 16,575 miles of signed cycle routes throughout the UK including 5,273 mi of traffic-free paths - Pretty cool eh!?!
Claire then armed the first group that arrived with litter picking tools and provided the second group that arrived with tools to cut back the overgrowth. Emma was in fierce combat with the thorny bushes that's for sure, and despite an anxious wait to see who would win, Emma was able to cut back the overgrowth and claim victory.
We spent a total of 30 minutes helping and after this time you could tell we had made a huge impact. The bushes were no longer encroaching onto the paths and the hedges, now free of litter, were looking GORGEOUS!
We had a LOVELY group photo with some of the other Sustrans volunteers.
Thank you so much GoodGym
Claire thanked us for our hard efforts. She then bid us farewell before we ran back to Big Moose. We then ran back, navigating the streets of Grangetown, turning left then turning right, it was quite a maze, actually!
Once we had arrived back at Big Moose it was time to warm down and reflect on the run. We did our stretches whilst discussing what we enjoyed about the run and what was coming up at GoodGym over the next few weeks.
After the run we headed for post run drinks and a chat (AKA. Drinkypoos).
2020 Tweet Off
Unfortunately Martin did not win the tweet off this week. Marie took this birthday present opportunity from him! Good luck for next week everyone. Let's see if someone else can get on the leaderboard.
- MOH - 6
- MJ - 4
- Razzle Dazzle - 1
This week Lowri came up with the Pun! A HUGE well done to you. Da Iawn!
- BA - 5
- MO- 1
- IH - 1
- EW - 2
- AS - 3
- MG - 1
- GD -1
- LD -1
Welcome to GoodGym Cardiff! We're a friendly and social group who combine exercise with helping out in the local community. We meet every week to get active and do a physical task to help the charities and community organisations and projects in our area.
We will be running to help our friends at the Samye Foundation with an array of tasks. The tasks are likely to include painting, weeding, cleaning, moving items, flyering and more!!!
On the same night we will have another team helping Sustrans Cymru. They need our help with itter picking and cutting back vegetation from the path and general clearance of the area
GoodGym is for everyone. We welcome runners of all abilities and it is often possible to walk to the task if you would prefer. We always have a back-marker so no-one is left behind - we're about achieving something together so you'll always be welcome no matter what your pace is.