Hattie Elvins

Oxford

29Good deeds

29runs

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Hattie Elvins went on a group run
Group run
Oxford

GoodGym flash mob to the rescue

Wed 12 Jan
Report written by Anwen Greenaway

Last night we blitzed the tidying and organising tasks at the Oxford Mutual Aid food bank. As a 7-days-a-week operation there's rarely time to pause and take stock due to the overwhelming need to get the food parcels prepared, so a GoodGym flash-mob every now and then helps to get everything back in order.

This week there have been lots of large donations in from other food banks and larders which needed sorting into crates of similar items then stored properly. Also, now that we're into the New Year all the leftover Christmas items needed to be organised so that they can be stored off site instead of taking up precious space in the hall.

We divided into teams and got to work:
* Lorenzo headed up a group sorting through all the recent food donations, crating them up with like-items and stacking them away in a more organised fashion.
* Rachael took her team to the kitchen to sort through the fresh fruit and veg and dispose of any that were too mushy/mouldy to send out, organising the fridges into expiry-date order, and giving the whole area a good clean, before moving on to portioning up bulk bags of pasta.
* Bethan's crew sorted through mountains of Christmas gifts, categorising by age of recipient, and then picking a few crates to remain at the hall as birthday gifts and labelling everything else up for off-site storage.
* Holly, Vicky and Ben did the heavy lifting, re-organising the tin-can corner to make more storage space. Hope your arm muscles aren't too achey this morning!
* Last, but not least, Dan tackled cardboard mountain, flattening the pile of boxes and crushing as many as possible into the recycling bin.

We've already had effusive thanks from the Oxford Mutual Aid organising team:

"This is is so, so helpful! Thank you thank you!"
"Thank you SO SO MUCH"
"I've just been in and everything looks like a dream."

Great work team. Well done!

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Hattie Elvins signed up to a group run
Group run
Oxford

Oxford Mutual Aid evening shift

Wed 26 Jan 18:00 pm
Richard Benson Hall, 276 Cowley Rd, Oxford, OX4 1UR
All hands on deck!

Oxford Mutual Aid have asked for a GoodGym flash mob at the Richard Benson Hall food bank tonight.

There’s lots to do:
* Sorting out the remaining Christmas gifts ready for storing or shelving.
* Restocking the food shelves.
* Sorting through the fresh food and throwing out food waste.
* Breaking down cardboard boxes.
* Helping load up food parcels for delivery.
* Cleaning

We ask that you wear a mask inside the food bank.

Tonight we will meet at the task - Richard Benson Hall, 276b Cowley Rd - at 6pm. It’s next door to St Mary & St John church. There won’t be a run to the task but there will be a 5k run after we finish at the food bank. We’ll also provide a run-walk option for those starting Couch-2-5k this month. All welcome, so come in your running kit if you fancy a social run.

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Hattie Elvins signed up to a group run
Group run
Oxford

East Oxford Litter Pick!

Wed 19 Jan 18:00 pm
Richard Benson Hall, 276 Cowley Rd, Oxford, OX4 1UR
Cleaning up Boundary Brook Cycle path and surrounding area

Tonight we'll be litter picking around the circumference of Florence Park and along the Boundary Brook cycle path. There is always a lot of litter around this area which spills into the surrounding park, nature reserve and allotments. Tonight we'll do our best to sort that out.

We know you love a good plog - one of our most satisfying tasks - let's get to work!

Litter pickers and bags will be provided but please bring your own gloves. As the evenings are dark please wear hi-vis if you have them, and headtorches would be helpful for everyone. I'll bring a couple of spare head torches.

Meeting options:
* Anyone wishing to run to the task as a group please meet in the car park of the Richard Benson Hall, 276b Cowley Rd at 6pm. There won’t be a bag drop available but we can use the toilets. It is less than a mile to run to the litter pick location, and we plan on there being a walking option too. We can take a longer route back so that you feel like you've had a good leg-stretch!
* If you would prefer to meet at the task please meet us at 6:15pm outside Larkrise Primary School on Boundary Brook Road, OX4 4AN

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Hattie Elvins went on a group run
Group run
Oxford

TOAD in the hedge

Wed 5 Jan
Report written by Anwen Greenaway

Last night we started 2022 as we mean to go on, helping the food bank and litter picking some of the city grot spots!

Heading West for the first time in a few months we planned to tackle the Osney Mead/Botley Road litter. Although we don't get out that way regularly we're still familiar with some of the favourite dumping grounds: around any park bench (even if there's a bin right next to it), car parks, and bushy hedge are surefire litter gold mines. Our 3 teams set off in different directions - forming a pincer movement from each end of the Osney Mead Industrial Estate, with the 3rd group cleaning up the known dumping ground in the small park next to the bridge. Sure enough, we were soon laden with gin bottles (some fancy artisan gin drinkers in Oxford green spaces), clothing, cans, takeaway containers, newspapers (old skool!), the ever-present masks, even a pair of steel toe-cap boots and a trolley!

An hour of litter picking in freezing temperatures yielded over 20 sacks of trash. We came away thinking that it's high time the UK stole Rwanda's system of Umuganda: "Umuganda is a national holiday in Rwanda taking place on the last Saturday of every month for a morning of mandatory nationwide community work. Participation in umuganda is required by law, and has resulted in notable improvement in the cleanliness of Rwanda."

Welcome to GoodGym Chris!

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Hattie Elvins signed up to a group run
Group run
Oxford

Oxford Mutual Aid evening shift

Wed 12 Jan 18:00 pm
Richard Benson Hall, 276 Cowley Rd, Oxford, OX4 1UR
All hands on deck!

Oxford Mutual Aid have asked for a GoodGym flash mob at the Richard Benson Hall food bank tonight.

There’s lots to do:
* Portioning out bulk bags of rice, pasta, and chickpeas.
* Restocking the food shelves.
* Sorting through the fresh food and throwing out food waste.
* Breaking down cardboard boxes.
* Helping load up food parcels for delivery.
* Cleaning

We ask that you wear a mask inside the food bank.

Tonight we will meet at the task - Richard Benson Hall, 276b Cowley Rd - at 6pm. It’s next door to St Mary & St John church. There won’t be a run to the task but there will be a 5k run after we finish at the food bank. We’ll also provide a run-walk option for those starting Couch-2-5k this month. All welcome, so come in your running kit if you fancy a social run.

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Hattie Elvins signed up to a training session
Training session
Oxford

30 Days of Yoga Challenge

Mon 31 Jan 22:59 pm
Oxford, Oxford, OX
Hatha great start to 2022!

For anyone looking for a new challenge for the new year that supports both physical and mental health - why not try a 30 day yoga challenge.

We suggest 30 Days of Yoga with Adriene but other programmes are available online.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=oBu-pQG6sTY

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Hattie Elvins signed up to a group run
Group run
Oxford

West Oxford Litter Pick!

Wed 5 Jan 17:45 pm
Richard Benson Hall, 276 Cowley Rd, Oxford, OX4 1UR
Cleaning up Botley Road and surrounding streets

We're starting the year with a litter pick - start as you mean to go on afterall!

We'll be litter picking the Botley Road and Osney Mead areas. There is always a lot of litter along this main route into Oxford and the busy Osney Mead Industrial Estate, but we don't often get out West for a clean up. Tonight we'll set that right.

We know you love a good plog - one of our most satisfying tasks - let's get to work!

Litter pickers and bags will be provided but please bring your own gloves. As the evenings are dark now I suggest hi-vis if you have them, and headtorches would be helpful for everyone. I'll bring a couple of spare head torches.

Meeting options:
* Anyone wishing to run to the task as a group please meet in the car park of the Richard Benson Hall, 276b Cowley Rd at 5:45pm. There will just be a running group this week as it is a little too far to get across the city centre in time if we walk. There won’t be a bag drop available but we can use the toilets. It is about 2 miles to West Oxford Community Centre.
* If you would prefer to meet at the task please meet us at 6:15pm outside the West Oxford Community Centre, Botley Road, OX2 0BT. The community centre will be closed, so we won't have access to toilets, but there are bike racks and parking immediately outside.

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Hattie Elvins went on a party
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Oxford

Meat-Free Monday!

Mon 20 Dec
Report written by Anwen Greenaway

Our Advent Calendar suggestion yesterday was to try Meat-Free Monday.

Lots of top tips and favourite recipes were exchanged:

  • Ben: Get a regular veg box from local farms (Cultivate) or waste food (OddBox) and make a stir fry or a curry. Also, pumpkins grown in the allotment are good for currys, cheesecake and hummus.
  • Hattie: Halloumi fajitas- chop veg (peppers onions mushrooms etc) and slice halloumi into strips, coat all lightly in oil and fajita spices, roast in oven for 20-25 mins.
  • Jo: Easy Lentil Dhal.
  • Bethan: Burrito Bowls, and a delicious pasta dish: roast a punnet of cherry toms with oil, balsamic salt and pepper and herbs for 45 mins. Plonk onto the top of your chosen pasta, add cheese, consume.
  • Milly: Vegan Tacos and mushroom wellington - perfect for a veggie Christmas!
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Hattie Elvins went on a group run
Group run
Oxford

Christmas, delivered

Wed 15 Dec
Report written by Anwen Greenaway

If wrapping Christmas gifts while listening to a cheesy Christmas playlist doesn't get you feeling festive then what will?!

Last night we took on our 2nd bumper session picking, packing and wrapping Christmas gifts for households which will be relying on the Oxford Mutual Aid food bank this Christmas. There's no wasted space at the food bank, so the first task was to create some room to work in. We hauled crates and crates of presents and chocolate selection boxes out from the end of the hall, organising the gifts by age/gender/unisex etc then once we could see what we'd got we were able to set to work selecting presents.

We had a HUMUNGOUS master list with the break-down of every family, which looked pretty overwhelming at first, but as with most things once we got into the work it was easier than it looked. Just focus on one line at a time and don't get overwhelmed by the scale of the task is always the best approach.

Getting stuck in (not literally - no tangled sellotape this week!) like the pros we are, the hall was soon swimming in wrapping paper and sticky tape, with difficult decisions being taken left, right and centre: Would a female child requesting girly stuff prefer a unicorn back pack or a jewellery set? Cuddly dinosaur or hat and mitten set for a baby?

In total 36 household gift parcels were picked, packed and wrapped, and we also got to play Santa, delivering 6 of the pressies to delighted recipients.

Just one more Wednesday before Christmas now, so Happy Christmas to those of you who we won't see before Christmas Day!

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Hattie Elvins has done a 6 month mission streak. Wed 8 Dec 2021

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

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