Jocasta 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 Jocasta a cheer to encourage them to keep up the good work.
Fresh off the back of our 2nd birthday celebrations, 29 wonderful runners, 1 fabulous trainer, and our very own mascot pooch, Peggy, were back painting the town red (and increasingly black!) for our routine Wednesday night deliveries with Oxford Mutual Aid.
After a weekend of glorious blue skies, sunshine and some much-needed vitamin D, the heavens opened on us; however no amount of rain could ever dampen our spirits!
With the promise of lighter evenings getting ever closer each week – with the light just about holding on til 7PM tonight (if you squinted your eyes titled your head and willed for it to be there hard enough!) - there was certainly a sense of excitement and hope on the horizon, further spurred on by the prospect of adding new tasks to our calendar very soon!
Perhaps too much excitement & hope from our trainer Anwen, who would come to regret confidently saying everything was going to be totally fine and under control, comments that were very quickly followed by a flood of emergency parcels and deliveries to pack and schedule last minute! Perhaps we won’t hear you saying that for a while! (Although with your super organisation skills, everything always works perfectly in the end!) – I’m sure we will still tease you about it never-the-less!
Our deliveries tonight saw 38 regular parcels and 8 emergency parcels packed. These parcels not only reached 62 adults, but also their children, including some babies too. Parcels included (very timely) Daffodils, handmade soap, lovely fresh cooked chicken and veggie meals, filled scones and some very tasty looking Eton mess! While it is remarkable how significantly fresh stock can fluctuate in availability for the parcels, it is nice to known we are still able to deliver parcels that are both personal and varied. This is only made possible by the wonderful donors we have, and the willingness of Goodgym-ers to turn up, week-in week-out and head off on a Wednesday evening adventure!
A big welcome to Angus who joined us tonight for the first time; it was an absolute delight to have you with us, and we really hope to see you again soon!
Inadvertent pun of the evening goes to Anna who realised just how deep the phrase ‘making a meal out of it’ goes, while parcel packing and distributing.
Looking forward to seeing lots of you next week, where we will no doubt be in high spirits, and can hope for less rain and more light, if not only to admire Peggy’s fabulous new barnet following her welfare groom tomorrow (Good luck Peggy and Stu )!
IT’S OUR BIRTHDAY!!
Far from hitting the terrible twos, tonight we celebrated in true Goodgym Oxford style by helping our local community and eating baked goods. In the last 2 years 2516 good deeds have been done by 238 runners (and walkers and cyclists). An amazing achievement, especially when you consider that half of this time we have been in the grip of a global pandemic!
It was so lovely to start our task in the light – actually seeing (half) of people’s faces was brilliant after what has seemed like a never-ending winter. It won’t be long until we are starting and finishing our evenings in the light – spring is a-springing!!
Oxford Mutual Aid recently featured on ITV news trying to highlight just how important the work that they do is. Demand for emergency food parcels and the general week-to-week deliveries are on the rise, and so the time that we give them is vital and gratefully received. OMA have paired with some wonderful local suppliers and restaurants; The Kitchen Collective, Taste Tibet, and most recently Syrian Sisters, all of whom provide delicious, nutritious meals which go out in the parcels we deliver. This week we delivered 40 regular and 4 emergency parcels. These deliveries helped 59 adults and several children and babies.
A huge thanks to Anwen and Martha for the delicious vegan treats and welcome to Esmee who chose an excellent evening to join us! We hope to see you again soon. A 'dedication to GoodGym' award has to go to Jessy for coming to help tonight despite being on crutches. Following in Aoife's hop-steps there!
And finally, many virtual pats on the back and foot rubs go to Rob who managed to drag himself along tonight despite finishing his amazing challenge of running 7 half marathons in 7 days to raise money for OMA. We think that you are brilliant, potty, but brilliant. Now go and have a nap!
48 parcels packed and delivered tonight; 42 for regular recipients and 6 emergency parcels. That's an all time high for us on a Wednesday evening, but you all took it in your stride and rose to the challenge.
On Random Act of Kindness Day you have made the world a better place for 62 adults plus their children and babies.
Packing parcels, restocking the shelves, unpacking deliveries and donations, dog walks...it was all going on tonight. Thanks for being the best and most helpful team in town!
Please note that this community mission has been cancelled.
This task will only go ahead if the Lockdown restrictions have been lifted.
The Children's allotment have requested our help on a monthy basis in 2021.
Come along and help the progress at one of our favorite places.
We will meet by the Halal butchers on Cricket Road and then walk round the corner to the alloment together.
Tasks usually include pruning, woodchipping, gardening, clearing weeds etc.
Tools will be provided but please bring your own gardening gloves.
We're now into our 5th consecutive month of Wednesdays at Oxford Mutual Aid. It's proved to be a valuable partnership for us and provided crucial extra help for Oxford Mutual Aid through this COVID lockdown winter. It has kept us busy and connected with each other, and enabled Oxford Mutual Aid reach more people with deliveries of food and other essentials. Whilst we hope to be able to offer a greater range of tasks soon, we're really pleased to be continuing to support Oxford Mutual Aid in their vital work.
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. We will stagger your arrival times at the hall, and you will receive an email on Wednesday (around lunchtime) to let you whether to arrive at 6pm or 6:15pm.
Please wear a mask when you arrive at the hall to collect the food parcels and when you drop them off with the recipient.
Jocasta has completed their 15th good deed with GoodGym
Showing my age with the report title?!
Tonight we packed 43 parcels of food, cleaning products, toiletries and baby essentials (nappies, baby food, formula). Those parcels will support 61 adults in Oxford and their children, helping them to make it through another difficult week in lockdown. We delivered 31 parcels between us, with others collected by recipients or other OMA volunteers.
We're getting familiar with some of the Wednesday evening regulars now, and some are quite keen to chat. Tonight's feedback was gratitude for the flowers that we included in parcels a couple of weeks ago which serendipitously were delivered just a couple of days before the recipient's birthday, thanks for including lots of corned beef (a favourite), and a query about if we were Olympic athletes (slight disappointment that we're not).
Last week in total Oxford Mutual Aid packaged and delivered 205 regular food parcels, which reached 378 adults, 259 children and 36 babies, plus 51 emergency parcels . Through Kitchen Collective, they made 502 meals, delivering these to a total of 145 households. Taste Tibet, Wadham College and Jam Factory also helped make 370 additional meals this week.
It's great to be involved!
Tonight we packed 44 parcels of food and other essential items for people in our community, and delivered 30 of them. Those parcels helped 61 adults, 5 children, 3 teenagers, and several babies and toddlers, making it easier for the households to cope with the challenges of this pandemic.
As we enter February we tick off our 3rd month of doing Wednesday night packing and deliveries for the Oxford Mutual Aid Food Bank. OMA is the only 7-days-a-week source of food support in Oxford, and works closely with other groups such as Cherwell Larder and Botley Larder to help alleviate food poverty all across the city and surrounding area. It is entirely volunteer run, and the work we do with them is hugely appreciated by the organisers.
To give you an idea of the ever-growing scale of the operation, last week Oxford Mutual Aid packaged and delivered 281 food parcels, which reached (at least) 378 adults, 258 children and 36 babies. Through Kitchen Collective, the cooked meals crew, they also made 425 meals, delivering these to a total of 125 households.
Thank you all for your commitment and enthusiasm for helping on Wednesday evenings, and at other times too. It makes a big difference.
It's all about community and solidarity!
Welcome Amy - great to have you along to your first GoodGym evening!
It was a big team effort tonight to pack and deliver an all time high of 46 parcels of food and other essentials this last Wednesday of Lockdown January. Tonight you helped 64 adults, 11 children, and several babies.
Peggy-pup kept us all in order (no slacking when Peggy's watching) and Victoria sponge cake kept us energised, so even a bit of drizzle couldn't slow us down.
The evening felt very busy, but worked like clockwork - thanks all of you for playing your part! Oxford Mutual Aid are very grateful, and I got a call from one of our recipients thanking us for sending all his favourite foods.