5Good deeds



Helena has cheered by other people 25 times. Thu 9 Sep 2021

Helena is part of a crowd that's making a huge noise. Helena has been cheered by 25 people - that's a round of applause just on their own. We hope they keep it up.

Helena has completed 5 good deeds with GoodGym. Thu 9 Sep 2021

Helena is a now a pretty committed GoodGym runner. They've just run to do good for the fifth time

Helena went on a community mission
Community mission

Pull up (and Paint )Your Seat!

Thu 9 Sep
Report written by Ema Quinn

The Paper Cup Project works to support people who are sleeping rough or experiencing homelessness in Liverpool. They do incredible work getting food and clothing, medical support and, when possible, accommodation to people who need it most. Their next project is to open a cafe which will provide training and support for people wanting to get back into employment, as well as a safe place to access advice and information.

On a rainy evening eight GoodGymers came together to add a little bit of support to the project by scraping off old wallpaper, painting some walls, and up-cycling some stools. We had walkers, runners and cyclists amongst us, and set to working in the dim light (the cafe doesn't have full lighting yet!) with some of us getting more paint on ourselves than the walls!

A huge welcome back to Grace, everyone loved seeing you again!

We will be going back to the cafe to help again at some point, and most definitely to enjoy a cuppa and slice of cake once they are open.

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Helena signed up to a community mission
Community mission

Painting and helping to get a new cafe ready for the Paper Cup Project

Thu 9 Sep 18:30 pm
Queens Square, Liverpool, L1 1RH
Helping to get a new community cafe ready to open for a charity that supports people who are homeless and sleeping rough in Liverpool

The Paper Cup project is a Liverpool based charity which supports local rough sleepers & people experiencing homelessness ran by volunteers. They say they "aim to bring smiles to people’s faces when they need it most"

They are setting up a cafe in Queens Square and have asked us to come along and help paint the main cafe space and help get the place ready to open.

The Cafe is in Queens Square, it's what used to be the Shamrock Pub, behind La Tasca

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Helena went on a group run
Group run

Arch(way) de Triumph laa

Thu 2 Sep
Report written by Sophie McClellan

A sunny Thursday in Anfield saw 9 Goodgymmers meet at Dobsons court.

A huge well done to our very active bunch: Phillip, Sallyann, Pauline and Anne Marie who cycled, Ema who walked and Helena who ran! A really incredible effort!

After a quick introduction and welcome to Leanne for her first ever task with goodgym , the runners set off for a quick 3km loop around the beautiful Newsham park, taking in the wildlife along the way (read 'stopping to pet dogs' ) whilst the walkers did a 1km route in the local area. It was lovely to see Anne Marie back in action!

The task took place at Dobson Court, a sheltered housing scheme who recently put together The Grow it, Plant it, Eat it project with the support of their Scheme Manager Alison Rose and Older Persons Specialist Nicky Rowlands (Onward Homes) The project was awarded funding from The Dutchy of Lancashire and Liverpool Community Environment Fund. Enabling the resident’s group to make a transformation of the gardens, alongside activities such as planting from seed, making window boxes, chillies, and sunflower growing competitions plus much more. They recognised as a group they needed some support with some of the physical tasks of putting up our gardening arches, and thats where goodgym came in, getting right to it, digging holes, leveling the ground, erecting the arches as well as putting up some solar lights.

By the time we left the residents we thrilled with the garden improvements, and even invited us back for tea and cake! We cannot wait to see what the arches look like with plants on and will definitely be keeping in touch to find out and help with any future digging/heavy lifting!

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Helena signed up to a group run
Group run

Installing an archway in a garden of a residential home

Thu 2 Sep 18:30 pm
Dobson Court, Barker Way, Liverpool, L6 5LG
Creating a beautiful space for the residents to enjoy

Welcome to GoodGym Liverpool

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 across the Liverpool City Region.

The Task: Dobson Court is a sheltered accommodation complex that helps elderly people to live independently. They have recently received funding to develop their neglected garden into an exciting new growing project for residents to enjoy and have been busy getting it all into shape. But they need some good old GoodGym people power to get their beautiful archways in place.

To install the archways we will be digging four holes to secure two wooden garden archways, digging required to at least 30cms, both arches are located at entrances to two paved pathways. Equipment for task, spades will be provided for digging and we would require people to hold up aches. The arches have already been built and put together so now just requires people power to assist digging and holding in place.

Please bring your own gloves

Toilets are available

The Run/Walk:

GoodGym is for everyone. We welcome runners of all abilities and always have a walking option too if that's more preferable for you. 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.

We will be meeting outside Dobson's Court and doing a lap from there around Newsham Park and back to Dobson's Court, roughly 2.5 miles / 4km What 3 Words Location Link

If you prefer the walk option please let Ema know in advance.

At the end of the task Sophie will lead us in a mini HIIT session (all levels of fitness welcome to join in)

The run/walk starts at 6:30pm so please arrive a little early ready to start on time.

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Helena went on a community mission
Community mission

How Many Bags Can A GoodGymer Pick If A Goodgymer Could Pick Litter

Tue 15 Jun
Report written by Matthew

On a lovely warm evening Helena and Matthew from GoodGym joined three others, Chantelle from a local charity and the ever amazing James and Jimmy from Alley Angels, in order to pick in an area of Anfield, nicknamed "The Square" by James because of the amount of litter that is dumped here.

Massive shout out to Helena for coming along, and for running to and from the pick as it is quite a distance from where she lives.

With 5 enthusiastic pickers we managed to clear something like 8 bags in just under an hour and a half and spoke with lots of locals about what we are trying to do. It was great to meet old friends and new ones and to know we are making a small but visible difference in the battle against this horrible blight.

If anyone has a place in Liverpool they would like to have picked and they are reading this, or indeed anywhere that GoodGym has a group, then please contact us and we will surely be able to come and help out at some point.

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Helena signed up to a community mission
Community mission

Litter Picking With Other Groups In An Anfield Hotspot

Tue 15 Jun 19:00 pm
Corner of Belmont Road and Apollo Way, Liverpool, L6 5BJ
By Making One Of The Most Deprived Areas In The Country A Cleaner Place To Live

We are starting to win the battle against litter but it is a long one and we need to keep on going. Alongside Alley Angels and other groups, GoodGym is once again going to be in Anfield helping to clear litter from a terrible hotspot. If you can spare an hour or so on Tuesday 15th June from 7.00pm that would be amazing.

Please make sure that you bring your own gloves. All the other equipment will be provided on the night, such as litter pickers, hoops and refuse bags. As it is outside we don't have to wear face coverings but feel free to do so if you want to.

Let's create some GoodGym magic once again through strength in numbers and clear a colossal amount of litter.

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Helena has cheered 10 times. Sat 17 Apr 2021

Helena has helped keep other people motivated, Helena has noticed what others have done and cheered 10 people. We doff our caps to you Helena.

Helena went on a training session
Training session

All Hail The Trail 🙌

Thu 15 Apr
Report written by Char Binns

It was so nice to be back running in a team this week!

On a sunny evening, a group of 13 runners and walkers gathered in my favourite Liverpool park for a session I'd named 'Trail Running 101'. As city dwellers, we don't really have proper trails and Liverpool really lacks hills, but as a fun introduction to non-road running, the lap around the outside of Calderstones Park offers a taste of what fun trail running can be.

A huge GoodGym welcome to lots of newbies including Sean, Natasha and Kate.

As well as a few folks who have only joined in the last few weeks. It is fabulous to see ever more people joining the GoodGym Liverpool crew and having fun, getting fit and doing good together, even in these challenging times.

It was of course, also a great pleasure for me to catch-up with many of the long-standing GoodGym family and to meet new Area Activator Ema properly, following a good few online chats :)

We set off around the trail taking it steady, with everyone chatting away and comfortably completing the first 3km(ish) loop. Those who still had plenty of energy went for a second loop and challenged themselves to run a little fast this time, especially on my favourite downhill section.

Everyone did an amazing job and I'd love to run with you all again. Talking of... there are still 3 places left for my Trail Run: Intermediate Session next month. If you're ready for challenge, make sure you sign-up here.

Happy running!

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