Group Fitness Activities
There are 7 pubs in Chelmsford in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide. Joe likes beer, he really had to twist my arm to get me to agree to this.
The plan is:
The Endeavour - Meet at 12:00! The Oddfellows Arms - Lunch here, 12:45ish Hop Beer Shop - Timings then get hazy Orange Tree Queen's Head Railway Tavern Ale House - Dinner?
Obviously you do not have to have a full pint in each pub (or any pints at all, Laurie is doing her own 'different snack in each pub' challenge!). Welcome to join for all, or part of, the day. Just get in touch on the day if you want to come.
The plan is to order lunch from the Oddfellows as that will be about 12:45 when we get there! It is a two mile walk in total so surely counts as fitness as well...
Any questions, let me know!
We were met by Alison from Nightstop and one of her volunteers with a huge bag of leaflets and a request for us to deliver as many as we could on our run. Alison also told us more about what Nightstop does (read more below) and why these leaflet drops are needed - to find more volunteer hosts.
Joel led us out along the bunny walks up to Springfield where we passed Ian, who we hope will be back soon!
We started on Arun Close, followed by Humber Road (about 25% of Chelmsford's houses according to Andy and Russell), followed by many of the streets and their little cul-de-sacs named after places in the South West.
Based on Joel's estimate, the team delivered leaflets to somewhere between 300 and 350 houses. I never thought we would get through the huge number of leaflets I filled my bag with, but we did!
Nightstop volunteer hosts open their homes to young homeless people facing a night on the streets or sleeping in an unsafe place. Volunteer drivers and chaperones ensure these young people get to a place of safety.
It is a unique project which relies on community hosting to provide a safe, welcoming place for young homeless people in crisis. Communities and charities run Nightstop services in more than 30 locations around the UK, led and supported by the Nightstop team at Depaul UK, a national charity for homeless people. In 2019, volunteers provided 9,103 safe nights of accommodation to 937 people across the Nightstop network.
Alison Nightstop the Senior Coordinator wrote to Goodgym: "As you maybe already be aware, we are a new charity in Chelmsford and Colchester, but have been running for 35 years nationally, we are a homeless prevention charity that supports young people aged 16-25 years old who are at risk of becoming street homeless, we carefully match a young person with a Volunteer Host were they can stay for the night. Have a hot meal shower etc. whilst we work with local agencies to arrange a positive safe move on. Even though we are now live we are still urgently seeking more community hosts and spreading the word of Nightstop in the local communities. For this I was hoping you may have some volunteers who maybe able to help me in this quest by doing a leaflet drop in Chelmsford and Colchester. This was something I started to do a few months back but since became unwell and now need walking aids and have limited walking mobility."