I am already a member of GoodGym Portsmouth but have moved out of the city and would like to see the development of GoodGym in Chichester. There is so much potential for missions and tasks in the wider Chichester area. I love combining running, helping my local community, protecting the environment and having fun with others doing the same.
Judy got the sunny role out back and even squirreled a chair from the party tent so she could sit down on the job.
Catherine was chief admin officer dishing out vaccine information leaflets and stamping the cards.
I had the beautifully named role of floater (I've been called worse!), which mostly involved making hot drinks and covering toilet breaks. I had the final hour of the day in the sunshine directing traffic!
A fairly quiet day with a flurry of activity in the closing minutes!
Gardening at All Saints Church. GoodGym team to work with asylum seekers to improve the garden at the church.
Action Asylum ( Portsmouth City of Sanctuary) is finding community tasks to help asylum seekers improve language skills and integrate with the community.
Unfortunately, as this project is just getting off the ground, they currently do not have their own tools. So anything you can bring along would be appreciated, gloves as a minimum.
Anita the project leader will meet you at the start of the task to chat to you about what needs doing.
Please arrive 30 minutes early for your COVID test if you test at home, please arrive 10 minutes before the shift starts.
We will be assisting the social prescribing team with the administrative side of the vaccination clinics.
Areas of work:
- standing outside welcoming & directing patients to the check in desk (WARM CLOTHES NEEDED)
- helping the waiting area run smoothly - making sure it's first in, first out for vaccinations and that seats are cleaned once vacated
- assisting patients from the church hall to the surgery (short distance across a car park - another outside job, warm clothes required)
- directing patients from the clinic rooms to the post-vaccine waiting area
PPE will be provided if needed. Even the indoor jobs can be a little cold as the doors are open for ventilation so please bring plenty of layers. Tea and coffee is available as well as a supply of biscuits!
All our volunteering will be overseen by social prescribing staff from the You Trust, please report to them if you cannot find your other GoodGym volunteers!
Keeping up with our Wednesday evening Community Mission our next litter pick is at the RNLI on Ferry Road, Southsea. After walking around the beach at low tide there is a fair bit of rubbish still around for us to collect. Depending on the tide times we may be able to get further down the beach to retrieve more litter.
Let me know if you need a litter picker so I can bring what is needed
Meet at RNLI on Ferry Road.
This task can be done at any point up to Thursday 29th April
The Package Free Larder are wanting to get the word out about what they do and who they are and have enlisted us to help deliver some leaflets to local businesses and people!
Can be done on your own or in pairs / threes for more fun. Please send me a photo or two for the report!
Focusing on places where folk hang out - cafes / small businesses / education / leisure.
- Albert Road
- Elm Grove
- Palmerston Road/Osborne
- Fratton highstreet
- ? Northend highstreet
- ? Hilsea
- Commercial Road
- Gunwarf Quays incl Spinnaker Tower
- Portsmouth Museum
- Portsmouth Dockyard
Let me know where you would like to go....
Tracy and I joined other volunteers getting St Margaret's Church ready to open its community shop.
What a buzz of activity, with socially distanced helpers at different stations inside the church: stocking the food bank, the children & baby section, the cafe (to open after 17 May), and the stylish home wares.
Tracy helped unpack goods on the ground floor, while I was tasked with packing away all the Christmas items to go into storage. Next Tracy & I were asked to find the best way to display music items, including a vast donation of classical music vinyl records. Tracy had the best time, flicking through the collection, exclaiming about the range of composers, while I just wanted to stack 'em high! We completed our display with CDs and a range of musical instruments.
St Margaret's Church is certainly a great place to visit, grab a bargain and from next month, to have a coffee and sink into one of their huge sofas.
Run/jog/walk and help us get to 100 miles (or maybe even 200!) at any time on Friday 30th April
This event is set up to be part of the Captain Tom 100 legacy day. Feel free to contribute to the foundation fundraising here or make your own charitable donation wherever you see fit.
We will be doing a team effort to run/jog/walk 100 miles on Friday 30th April, in "legs" of 5 miles - you can pledge to do 1 x 5 miles, 2 x 5 miles etc. Just fill in this spreadsheet to let us know what you are doing. If you're doing 10, 15, 20 miles then just put your name on more than one row!
Snap a selfie before / during / after and send it to me for the run report.
No time pressure, no competition, just the chance to be a part of something bigger.
Feel free to team up with others (up to 6 people in total per group) and go out together if you wish. WhatsApp social chat is the place to find a buddy or two!
Shout if you have any questions. Good luck!