Area Activator for GoodGym Portsmouth. I love running, living near the seaside and getting out into the great outdoors! I also like cake!
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GoodGym is launching in Portsmouth this May
We're launching in our 43rd area with support from Portsmouth City Council
Please arrive 30 minutes early for your COVID test
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! (please note Katie will not be present at this clinic)
The WhatsApp group was buzzing on Wednesday night with runners and walkers getting out in the evening.
The grey weather that turned to rain was definitely not enticing so the accountability of the group definitely made the difference to motivation.
Rachel said it was 10% willpower and 90% community getting her out of the door.
Katie L was first out, still in the light and giving us to info on wind direction so we could plan accordingly.
Kat had sat down on her return from work but then felt the need to go out. Perhaps peer pressure wasn't such a good thing for her as a pulled muscle turned her run to a damp walk home. Heal fast Kat! She did take some lovely wet road photos though!
Judy was the only person to stay dry... The sun always shines in Southbourne!
Sinéad won best animal spot when she saw a toad in Festing Road. Was it one from the toad party in Jo's garden though?
Rosie was very pleased to be putting the GG tshirt on and timed her run perfectly to get home in time for dinner cooked by Aaron. I also arrived back after my run to the smell of curry cooking in our kitchen.... Winning!! 😁
Ellie was quiet on the group but no doubt running somewhere scenic in the New Forest and not wanting us to feel jealous!
As always, great efforts all round and probably a lot more walks and runs than there would have been if we hadn't had each other cheering us on. Teamwork makes the dream work!!
For the final week 🤞 before we can meet up in small groups to run together, we have a photo and activity challenge. Be as creative (or random!) as you want.
Take a picture of yourself doing an activity that begins with the letters of your name. Judy has given us this example of what she's going to be doing:
Have fun! Send me your pics for the run report.....
Theme of the run this week... Flowers.
These can be real (get out and find all the Spring flora) or not or road names /signs with flowers in.
Anything related to flowers goes.... It'll make for some lovely photo montages.
Have fun! Send me your pics for the run report.....
Join us for 30 minutes of core exercises... Guaranteed to work your mid section!!
Topic: Core Blimey Time: Mar 10, 2021 06:30 PM London
Meeting ID: 853 1288 3932 Passcode: 336991
So here's the idea....
- You join the virtual run WhatsApp group https://chat.whatsapp.com/B94TcxKCIis8V59XEzXJbg
- On Wednesday evening you let everyone know you're off for a run and how far you plan to go
- Go for your run by yourself or with one other, take a couple of snaps, enjoy yourself.
- Let everyone know you're back and how you got on.
So we all get to go out at the same time and know that it's almost like a normal Wednesday! ("Meet" at 615 for a 630 start).
If your work (or anything else) means you can't make it at the time, please join in on Monday or Tuesday or earlier on Wednesday.
The Ickle Pickles charity who raise money for neo natal units in the area are struggling to raise funds as a lot of their usual sources are shut due to lockdown.
In preparation for events once things start to reopen they put out a request for raffle prizes.
As always, the GoodGym members did not disappoint with a huge variety of prizes donated: chocolates, biscuits, bath products, body creams, scarves, virtual workouts, books, toys and a whole heap of other things. Luckily the person collating it all for us doesn't live far from me as it was a lot to carry!!
Big thanks to all from Ickle Pickles!
Our friends at Sam's Place have been decorating a tree in their shop window while they've been closed and were looking for more leaves and maybe a donation or two!
Of course we love a chance to help out and we have plenty of creative people who made leaves in lots of different ways. It was also a nice half term activity for some of our home schoolers! John even got to practice his soldering skills, very impressive!
Plus the activity part came in when each person dropped off their leaf/leaves to Sam's Place. Maxine even got to see Molly, the resident shop dog!