Jordan

Running good deeds since 2016

Wandsworth

170Good deeds

170runs

603cheers

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Wandsworth

Go on and cake my day

Mon 1 Aug
Report written by Anastasia Hancock

Last night 15 GoodGymers came together to celebrate SIX whole years of GoodGym Wandsworth! In that time we have achieved huge things together. Can you believe we have clocked up:

  • 8456 good deeds done by 1109 runners

  • 634 Missions to help older people

  • 533 Group sessions to help community projects

  • 711 Coach visits to an older person

  • 118401 kms run

  • 45729 cheers given

What an amazing legacy...so far! Well done to each and everyone of you who has been a part of it.

We kicked off the evening with a warm up and we were very happy to welcome Amy to her first session - give her a cheer!

Last night's task was at a local community centre where we were replanting flowers that had been donated by Wimbledon Tennis charitable foundation. But first there was a spot of digging to do. Well, that's what we thought at first. It didn't take long for us to realise that the area where we were going to be doing the planting was filled with some rather stubborn roots. However, we were not to be defeated and after some epic battles we were victorious over some of the biggest and toughest roots in Wandsworth.

It wouldn't be a GG Wandsworth party without a bit of compost, so true to form, we shifted and spread many bags of the stuff ready for the plants, some of which looked like they were more than ready to find a new home!

Next came the creative part, and with several of us assuming art director roles we began designing the new bed. Alan Titchmarsh would be proud - check out some of those before and after shots to see the massive difference.

Job done, and it was time for Chi to put the group through their paces with a short but hard core fitness session- although there may have been a relaxed attitude towards the timings (!), it was an effective all over body session which meant everybody was ready for the post-task celebration. And what a celebration it was! Hadas, who runs the Waste Not Want Not charity put on the most incredible spread, with a huge BBQ of jerk chicken, as well as loads of other goodies. There was also some incredible baked goods created by you lovely lot, including an amazing cake made by Catherine.

It's such a pleasure to run with you all, and to see the amazing way you make things happen for the better across the borough and beyond. A very happy birthday to each and every one of you and here's to many more years of GoodGym Wandsworth!

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Planting donated flowers from Wimbledon

Mon 1 Aug 18:30 pm
Battersea Arts Centre, Lavender Hill, London, SW11 5TN
PLUS OUR 6TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS!

Join us for a double whammy tonight - not only will we be running down to a local community centre in Battersea to help plant our flowers donated from Wimbledon, but we will be following up the task with a little party at the centre to celebrate us turning a massive six years old at GoodGym Wandsworth! That's right, we are a whole six years old so we will be marking the occasion with some fun. Feel free to bring a dish, snacks or drinks, or there is a supermarket just round the corner. We have a kind volunteer to transport anything you want to bring to the run down to the task, so don't worry about having to run with it! Any questions just let me know (ana@goodgym.org)

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Jordan went on a group run
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Water Can do attitude

Mon 25 Jul
Report written by Anastasia Hancock

Thankfully it was back to business as normal last night after a scorching week, and the lovely GoodGym crew was raring to do some serious good in the community!

It was great to see some familiar faces back, and also to welcome Joanna to her very first session - good to have you join us!

Our task for the evening was at the beautiful Paradise Cooperative garden - a community space transformed from derelict land into a thriving garden for local people and children. This amazing place hosts outdoor learning workshops, events for the community and opportunities to grow.

We were meant to be getting out our paintbrushes to give the community space a good going over, but unfortunately the equipment wasn't ready. Instead, given the heat wave, the team asked us to give the polytunnels a good water and weed. So, wasting no time after our 2km run up to the site, we grabbed a watering can and hose pipe and got to work!

It was quite a soothing job, and we happily tended to the garden while identifying some amazing crops, including raspberries, yellow gourds, watermelons, sweetcorn and so much more.

Happily drenched - both us and the garden - we set off for nearby Wandsworth common for a quick and intense core workout that focused on our ab and back muscles. Excellent supermanning, gang!

This week we have so many missions happening, including helping set up tables for a community vaccine event on Thursday evening, Friday lunchtime helping at Ace of Clubs centre and a very quick Sunday task helping a charity load a van. Most excitingly, we have a very special session next Monday evening where we will be planting flowers donated by Wimbledon and then celebrating six whole years of GoodGym Wandsworth with a little post task party! Sign up here] (https://www.goodgym.org/happenings/planting-donated-flowers-from-wimbledon) for all the fun!

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Painting the community area at Paradise cooperative garden

Mon 25 Jul 18:30 pm
Battersea Arts Centre, Lavender Hill, London, SW11 5TN
Lend a hand at this special place

The beautiful Paradise Cooperative garden was created from an abandoned and overgrown site into a beautiful smallholding for local people with the original aim of finding and utilising underdeveloped land for urban growing and community gardening.

They have asked for help painting the communal are of this lovely site which is also enjoyed by people visiting Wandsworth prison, so you'll really be supporting a valuable space.

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This is going to Yurt

Mon 4 Jul
Report written by Anastasia Hancock

On a lovely July evening, eight GoodGymers met to take a trip to Paradise....

Our job for the evening was at Paradise Cooperative Garden, a piece of waste land that has been totally transformed into an incredible garden complete with flower beds, polytunnels, bee hives, learning spaces and one huge yurt. We were really happy to welcome Nick along to his very first session - give him a cheer!

As we were doing our warm up, in recognition of Independence Day in the US, we each took turns in naming US states as we went round the group. I think we did a pretty good job-even getting Alaska in there!

It was a 2.5 km run to the gardens, during which we discovered it was deceptively warm. We soon arrived to find several padlocks to negotiate. Turns out I would be a rubbish burglar, because despite having the codes I could not crack them and had to rely on other, more capable people in the group to get us in!

The three jobs were composting, spreading wood chip and sorting out the inside of the yurt, so we quickly divided into groups and got stuck in. While Catherine and Kelly began transforming the yurt, Jordan and Nick started the very labour intensive job in the compost, and Viviana, Alice and Ali got very inventive with trugs and other utensils to get that wood chip spread. It's amazing what you all achieved in 45 minutes, and it will make a big difference to the Paradise team.

A thankfully slightly more downhill run back to base and we finished the night with stretches and a cool down. This week there is lots going on, from our Friday lunchtime session at a local homeless centre, to a soon-to-be-scheduled mission at a nearby school (watch this space!), to next Monday's new task in Battersea Park at the beautiful Thrive garden. Well done everybody - have a happy week!

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Jordan signed up to a group run
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Supporting Paradise cooperative garden

Mon 4 Jul 18:30 pm
Battersea Arts Centre, Lavender Hill, London, SW11 5TN
Lend a hand at this special place

The beautiful Paradise Cooperative garden was created from an abandoned and overgrown site into a beautiful smallholding for local people with the original aim of finding and utilising underdeveloped land for urban growing and community gardening.

They have asked for help with various jobs around this lovely site which is also enjoyed by people visiting Wandsworth prison, so you'll really be supporting a valuable space.

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Chain re-action

Mon 20 Jun
Report written by Anastasia Hancock

Another lovely summer's evening, another chance to do good in the community and get fitter in the process!

After a weekend of parkruns, GoodGym rounders, missions and more, we met at our usual spot to do a warm and, as an extra challenge, guess how many different parkrun locations there are in the UK. With estimates ranging from 100 up to 800, it was a surprise to find out there are actually more than 1100. If you want to find out more and try one out if you haven't already, then you can find out more right here. Wear your GG tshirt and there will always be a friendly face to support you on a Saturday morning!

It was great to welcome Ali to her first Wandsworth session, and to see some returning faces and ones from other areas too! Cheers all round.

After a short run down to Doddington roof garden where we met up with more GGers, we were excited/dismayed (delete as appropriate) to find that our task for the evening was shifting the last of the bags of compost up the stairs to the garden. We didn't waste any time, and in a surprisingly short window managed to get the last 80 or so bags up to the garden, and even tackle a few more jobs while we were there.

We rewarded the hard work with even more hard work, in the shape of a conditioning session on the grass watched over by the gorgeous Leo, who, as Annabel pointed out, even showed us the right technique for downward facing dog.

Great work everyone! This week we have a task tomorrow helping out an environmental waste charity, and a mission on Saturday helping to put out tables ahead of a community day. Have a happy week of running, missioning and doing good, all!

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Jobs at Doddington roof garden!

Mon 20 Jun 18:30 pm
Battersea Arts Centre, Lavender Hill, London, SW11 5TN
Help out at this beautiful community space

Tonight we're off to a former multistory carpark which has been transformed into a thriving community garden to help their volunteers with various jobs.

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. Please bring a headtorch if you have one and don't forget there is nowhere to store bags.

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Jordan went on a group run
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Our window of opportunity for a pane-free task!

Mon 13 Jun
Report written by Anastasia Hancock

At the beginning of a hot and sunny week, we celebrated by heading to a local arts and theatre charity to help wash their many, many (many) windows....

It was great to see some familiar faces back again as well as our lovely regulars, and we started off the evening with a very energetic warm up. Check out the height on that skipping!

After a burst of activity that activated our muscles we set off through the sunny and bust streets of Wandsworth for the mile run to the Omnibus Theatre, a local arts hub that engages young people and aims to bring theatre and the performing arts to everybody in the local community.

Before we got stuck in, we had a quick guess about how many panes we would actually get done, with the estimated ranging from 17 all the way into the 70s.

Armed with sponges and buckets we wiped, washed and buffed our way from window to window leaving nothing but streak free shine in our wake. The theatre was really pleased with the job, so well done on completing a sparkling task. The panes were carefully counted and verified and I can reveal that we managed an amazing 58 windows...incredible work! To celebrate a job well done we headed over to a heaving common for a fitness session that saw us attempt a game of clusters and then take on a hot and sweaty circuits challenge. You all smashed it!

All that was left was some stretches and then off to the pub for a social where Annabel gave us a brilliant hack which resulted in free drinks all round - and very well deserved they were too.

Next week we're back at Doddington roof garden where there may or may not be compost to transport... you can sign up for more Monday fun right here. We also have the GoodGym rounders this Saturday, hope to see as many of you as possible there for what promises to be a very fun afternoon!

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Washing the windows down

Mon 13 Jun 18:30 pm
Battersea Arts Centre, Lavender Hill, London, SW11 5TN
at a community theatre

We have been asked by a local arts and theatre charity to come and help them out by washing down the many windows. This would take their one maintenance person several hours, but we will hopefully get the job done in one evening!

We'll follow the session with a little bit of fitness on the common.

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