We've been asked to lend a hand both days this weekend. GoodGymers are needed to help with the huge operation of dismantling the warehouse after the Christmas activity. Richard, the Crisis project co-ordinator will be heading up the activity, with Area Activator Laura popping by to check in.
Activity will involve:
- Redistribution of products and furniture
- (Richard has specificially said there will be no cleaning!)
You don't need to commit to the entire six hours - we understand it's a long time. Just come for as much as you can.
Health and safety
Safety has been carefully considered when allocating these 20 places. Variety of activity combined with the large area of this former bus depot means that distancing will be easy to adhere to.
On arrival, sign in on the book to your right as you arrive in the loading bay.
Grab a hi-vis vest.
Sanitise your hands.
Richard will allocate you a task.
Face coverings are mandatory when working inside at this task. Please ask Richard for a face covering if you don't have your own on arrival.
Four Goodgymmers, working in pairs over 2 shifts, braved the snow, sleet and slush to help Life After Hummus, a local food-waste-fighting charity based in Camden.
Asher and Stephen met at the warehouse for the first shift at 11am. Having been informed of their mission, they headed out into the snow and went to collect donations from a local supermarket.
Jacqui and Sally met for the second shift at 1pm, collected the trolley and then jogged/slid up to Aldi on Camden High Street. Once there, they were quickly shown through to the crates set aside for Life after Hummus. Having loaded the trolley they made their way back to the warehouse where the donations were gratefully received.
Life After Hummus, a local food-waste-fighting charity based in Camden needs our help this Sunday between 11am-3pm, picking up time-sensitive food from two shops and bringing it back to their warehouse on Drummond Street.
The plan: Two teams of two runners have a shift each. Maintain social distancing and remember your masks (and gloves if you want to use them) when you're going into the supermarkets.
11am-1pm: First pair of runners to arrive at the Old Diarama Arts Centre, 201 Drummond Street, NW1 3FE Here you'll meet Becky, one of the main coordinators. She'll give you a quick rundown of what's what and then give you a trolley to take down to the first shop. Pick up what the shop is giving away to Life After Hummus and then trundle back to the warehouse.
1pm-3pm: Second pair of runners meet at the warehouse and take over.
We’ll be running this as a regular thing for hopefully for the rest of lockdown, so look out for repeat sessions if you miss out this time!
Comment below with which shift you’d like (max 2 per shift) and I’ll be in touch with more details on Saturday evening!
It's that time of the year again - the 4th Annual Camden Janua-Tree Challenge is upon us!
The Task: Because of Covid, we're going to be doing these next two weeks of the Janua-Tree Challenge a bit differently. Teams will be limited to 2 and you can collect trees at any time, with the winners announced after the fortnight is over!
For the uninitiated, the Janua-Tree Challenge is a competition of which team can get the most trees from outside people's houses to the collection points around Camden.
But because we can't do the task together, you'll have to do some organising and figure out when you want to run together, and which Christmas Tree Collection point you want to choose and dump your Christmas trees at. The Camden Council link to find your nearest collection point is here.
Signup will close for this week on Tuesday evening so I can get the teams sorted. If you've already got a teammate in mind, just leave a comment below so I know.
If you've already got your team sorted, don't forget to input the number of trees you collected together in this nifty form. Winners will receive a special prize.
...actually, there were a lot of mushrooms...3 traysful in fact....edible, but not suitably ‘market fresh’ to sell to retailers. Along with Savoy cabbages, oranges, bananas, fennel, pea shoots, salad leaves, okra and more we ‘tidied’ them up and bagged them to be collected by members of the community with or without making a donation to the charity. Amazing work by the ladies whose mission it is to reduce food waste...which hopefully we helped them to do
Bright Morning Star Prisons and Homeless Outreach help to rebuild, support and elevate the lives of the most vulnerable people on the street and at their Walk-In Centres. They provide basic and immediate physical and emotional help to the public, and provide a free counselling service.
We've been asked to help with transporting leftovers from Pret A Manger in London Bridge Station (opposite the National Rail trains), Station Approach, SE1 9SP to Lola who distributes the food at 3 Hermes Court, Southey Road, SW9 0PF. Here's a map - it's a 5km run/ride.
If you go in and say you're collecting food for Bright Morning Star Prison and Homeless Outreach, they should give you the leftovers! There may be quite a lot so just take what you can :)
🎒Please bring a backpack/panniers to transport the food (plastic bags might be useful too as the bags the pastries etc are in can be greasy!).
🤿Please bring a mask to wear in the shop
We need 3 people to sign up to transport the food - you can either run or ride, together or separately. If there are any problems, please call Lola on 07492079197 or 07946288144.
Any questions? Email me 👉 firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you 🙏 and hope it goes well!
Join a zoom call at 7pm for twenty minutes of fitness ( warm up / Short hit session warm down) have your favourite music at the ready) OR join at 7.20 for a chat. I promise not to do my broom trick! ( unless the demand is overwhelming)
Waste Not Want Not, a charity which uses perfectly good food which would otherwise be thrown away to make meals for vulnerable local people, have been really busy feeding the families of children who have free school meals in the area.
They could do with a hand prepping and packing the food for an hour over lunchtime in the kitchen of a community centre so that it can be distributed to those who need it.
Please do bring and wear your mask to this inside task.
What a turnout. What a safe, productive, industrious, dedicated, companionable turnout.
A big sized team headed to the huge warehouse in Poplar today to be allocated many types of stocktacking tasks by project co-ordinator Richard:
“A great crew of people dropping in and out today! Our task was sorting and organising with abandon.
Richard presented us with multiple crates of miscellaneous donations for logging, passing on/reusing… There was sports equipment aplenty (in the morning I think a lot of hard work was undertaken separating basketballs from footballs…), as well as bundles of craft items and lots of stationary.
Crate by crate we unpacked and reassembled in more crates: yep, crates of paints, crates of pencils... You get the picture. And we found all sorts of interesting goodies - a spikey pink ball and the coup de grace: an elf on the shelf.”
“Yep, another fun filled, busy day down at the warehouse where Richard had us stocktaking a wide array of donations (yoga mats, balls – lots, in all sizes - books by the hundreds; wool, embroidery items and knitting needles; games and jigsaws…), caging items up and, where necessary, wrapping in industrial cling film to prevent them escaping.
Provided you came wearing sufficient layers, to take account of the somewhat chilly conditions inside the warehouse today, it was another enjoyable (and, we hope, productive) day in deepest Poplar.”
What a team. A big, big thank you to everyone who took part in this fabulous Community Mission, and especially to Becky and Nick for writing the report and taking pics, and to Charlotte and Jacqui for their pics too.