Organisations Julia has pledged to support
A Tourist likes nothing better than exploring new areas and meeting new people, and that's what Julia has been doing. Julia has been to three different GoodGym areas now - nice!
Kingston upon Thames
On a cold but invigorating and bright Sunday morning, we met our task owner Alison, a local environmentalist from Kingston Biodiversity Network, on the banks of the Hogsmill River - an important nature corridor for Kingston residents. It is supposed to be managed by Highways but we can only assume its not their priority!
We had a dual task for the morning. The first was to clear the riverside path to make it a safer and more welcoming path for everyone to enjoy. In the space of an hour we bagged 2 sacks of rubbish and cleared brambles, weeds, and slippery mulch and moss from the path. With no green waste going to waste - we were able to pile it well away from the path to mulch down.
Like the fast flowing river, we flowed onto our next task at the neighbouring Kingston cemetery. Managed by the council, they can't keep up with the brambles taking over the ancient graves and grassland so important for nature, so loppers in hand we laid to rest huge patches of brambles.
Job done with the rest of everyone's weekends to enjoy - xmassy outings to get to or xmas decorating calling. We look forward to seeing Alison with wheel barrow in tow somewhere else soon and hope to welcome back Julia and Lucy from Hammersmith and Fulham... Thanks for a great morning Alison.
This mission was to assist in unpacking, sorting and stacking the donations at Ealing Foodbank and it was non-stop from the get-go. My main task today was sorting the biscuits and chocolates into boxes based on their expiry dates. It was lovely working alongside the other volunteers and learning more about the work that happens in the warehouse. I managed to sort through several stacks of boxes which was very satisfying - although I was definitely craving something sweet on my cycle ride home!
Every Wednesday Ealing Foodbank need our help to sort and put away donated food. There will be loads to do and it will be a really physical task, so a great workout!
We need just two people for each shift. This is the sign up for the 1pm-4pm shift, there's an earlier 10am-1pm shift here.
What to bring:
- A face mask - you'll need to where this at all times in the warehouse
- Comfortable clothing - you'll be moving around the whole time
- Layers - in case it's cold and you get chilly
- You may also wish to wear gloves - this is optional and there are disposable gloves available
Donations will be sorted at St Mellitus Hall in Hanwell and Hilary will be there to meet you and show you the ropes.
Don't forget to take photos and join the GoodGym Ealing WhatsApp group to share your experience!
Julia is a now a fully fledged GoodGym runner. They've just run to do good for the first time. They are out there making amazing things happen and getting fit at the same time.
Julia completed a community mission. Instead of watching TV or lying in bed, Julia was out there making their community a better place to be. For making that choice they have earned the community cape.
Kingston upon Thames
The task is to assist in cutting back vegetation along Hogsmill lane footpath near Villiers road along the river as well as a litter pick and some planting if possible too!
Task owner is Alison our local ecologist from conservation organisation (Kingston Biodiversity Network)and very much active in the wildlife in our borough. She will be there to greet you and advise. Contact number for the morning if you need it is 07867507086
She advises It would be conservation work at Hogsmill Lane and I can provide some hand tools and litter picks for this riverside footpath near the Post office sorting office off Villiers road.
Please bring gloves and stout footwear, some brambles to cut off the path
There is parking at the Fairfield trade park car park
Hammersmith and Fulham
Lovely first mission for me at the Springvale Estate helping Berni to distribute food parcels to local residents who weren’t able to collect them. There were three Good Gymers helping today so plenty of positive vibes and community feelings - and a lot of pumpkins too!
Hammersmith and Fulham
Berni from Springvale Tenants & Residents Hall has asked for some help delivering food parcels from the foodbank in their hall. It’ll be local deliveries to the estate.
She’s asked if 2-3 GoodGymers could help with the deliveries at 1pm for an hour.
Any issues on the day, please drop me a line: firstname.lastname@example.org.