59Good deeds



Lydia signed up to a group run
Group run

The return to Tenovus

Tue 14 Sep 18:15 pm
Sport Wales National Centre, Sophia Gardens, Cardiff, CF11 9SW
Keep the charity shop looking good, and support the charity.

Tenovus Cancer Care is a Welsh cancer charity that supports cancer patients and their families, funds cancer research and works to raise awareness of how to prevent cancer.

We will be volunteering in the shop on Clifton Street, it's been a very long time since we were here last. There may be some painting involved but we will confirm this soon.

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Lydia signed up to a group run
Group run

Tidy up @ StarGarAllot

Tue 17 Aug 18:15 pm
Penylan Library and Community Centre, 70C Pen-Y-Lan Rd, Cardiff, CF23 5HW
Keep the community allotments tidy for the older volunteers

Camilla needs a hand to tidy up the growing areas at the community garden, this is a great opportunity to come along and see one of our regular community mission areas if you haven't already been.

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Lydia went on a group run
Group run

Brains over Thorn

Tue 3 Aug
Report written by Michael

A whopping 17 goodgymers met up on our third group task since restrictions were lifted.

Today felt very much like times gone by, with an actual large group. One that had nearly doubled over night since we had checked in with the task organiser so that was a pleasant surprise for Poppy when we all arrived.

We welcomed back Abby who's last group run was just before the lockdowns set in and Lydia who we hadn't seen since October last year.

We had our usual chats as we all turned up at our newest start location, we split into two groups for the walk / joggers and the runners, and then set off. Just a mile to the task today, so it seemed only fair that we throw in a quick hiit workout on the halfway mark.

  • Squats with knee lifts
  • Sumo Squats
  • Russian Twists
  • Reverse Crunch

The music started (and stopped when I tried to take photos) and we began, 40 seconds on 20 seconds off, 1 minute rest between sets. The run may have been short but we more than made up for it by breaking a sweat here!

With 10 minutes to go we set off again, to join up with global gardens once more. We were welcomed by Poppy, grabbed some tools and a couple of wheelbarrows and made our way to the orchard.

What is a barrow anyhow?

The question was asked, so here is the answer......"Barrow" is a derivation of the Old English "barew" which was a device used for carrying loads. Not to be confused with barewl from Pokémon.

Whilst Poppy took the group to the Orchard, I set off to the children's play area to see the walk / joggers who had already arrived and were hard at work, pulling out the unwanted plants and tidying up the area. We had a nice chat about a new potential start location for an (hopefully) upcoming group mission, and most importantly where we could go afterwards.........

Over to the orchard, and it was brambles galore, the new young plants were sprouting all around so the task on this side was to pull them out (roots too) before they set in too much. The space was looking beautiful with a wildflower meadow in bloom and a great patch of clover helping to suppress the brambles.

Everyone got stuck in and we soon cleared quite a bit from the site, some of us even had time to have a quick go on the swing......not mentioning names - Su.

Time for our group photo, which turned into throwing fallen apples into a bucket. We at least managed one quick pose for a photo, you were a boisterous lot today. Now to head off for a nice social, and all downhill too.

See you all next week

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Lydia went on a community mission
Community mission

Virtual 5k medal and real life rubbish

Sun 18 Oct
Report written by Nathan Swain

After completing a social 5k and earning their GG medal, members of GoodGym Cardiff and Vale gathered to litter pick along the Taff trail.

On first appearances the route looked clear, but after heading along the river, around the football pitches and playparks the bags started filling. 11 bags of rubbish were collected in just over 30 minutes.

In the absence of parkrun and GG group activities the social run (split into small groups and varying paces) and litter pick was a clear success and one to be replicated in the future.

Well done to all involved. If you signed up online to the virtual 5k, don't forget to get your times loaded up. The real race starts now - who's medal will be first through the letter box?

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Lydia signed up to a community mission
Community mission

Litter pick - Post Virtual Race

Sun 18 Oct 11:00 am
Blackweir Parkrun , Llandaff, Cardiff, CF14 3AT
Clear up a well used route

After completing our virtual 5k in the morning, a litter pick will take place along the taff trail

Please bring your own gloves of you have them. Equipment will be provided and handles will have been wiped down prior to use

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Lydia signed up to a training session
Training session

(30 - 40 mins Group 2) Cardiff Goodgym October Virtual 5k

Sun 18 Oct 10:00 am
Blackweir Parkrun , Llandaff, Cardiff, CF14 3AT
Run the Goodgym October 5k socially

Use the Goodgym October 5k as a chance to run socially and catch up with other GGC&V members.

If you want to earn yourself the first ever Goodgym race medal, sign up here:

Remember to track your run to submit as proof to .

But you don’t have to have signed up to be able to join this session, it is open to all who want to run and chat.

Please remember socially distancing guidelines before and after the start of the session. In the days leading up to the session, if you, or other members of your household, develop COVID-19 symptoms such as a high temperature; a new continuous cough, and a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste, please do not turn up to run.

Also please note the Goodgym HQ guidance on running in groups:

Running in groups - People can run together in groups of up to 6. This is irrespective of whether the group are running on pavements, in a park or green space, or on a running track.

We should avoid running on public streets, roads and pavements where other pedestrians are more likely to be. Where possible we should run in parks and open spaces. If running on public streets and pavements is unavoidable we should select less busy streets and always give a wide berth when overtaking other pavement users.

If you are running in a group of of to 6, you must always: • Give way to other pedestrians • Walk in busy areas to ensure you have sufficient time to safely pass others • Stay in a distanced single file on any pavement or route which is narrower than 2 metres

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Lydia signed up to a community mission
Community mission

Help Food for Life Wales create a Wellness Hub in the middle of Cardiff

Sun 11 Oct 20:00 pm
Unit 20, Capitol Centre, Queen Street, Cardiff, CF10 2HQ

Please note that this community mission has been cancelled.

A tranquil, safe haven in the heart of the city

It's official! Since the Capitol Shopping Centre have loved having the Atma Café there for the past 3 years and have been super supportive & generous, the café is able to stay a little longer 😍

But, it won't be Atma anymore - it's being transformed into a Food For Life Wales Wellness Hub! Thus they need a few volunteers to help them renovate the space to turn it into a tranquil, safe haven in the heart of the city. Tasks this time will be moving the furniture and shop stock etc. Then helping to lay the floor.

Shift 1: 9-10am - Up to 6 volunteers are needed for shifting furniture. Some heavy lifting (though not all).

Once ready, the Hub will be used for meal pick-ups, networking, meetings, and even include a little shop where visitors can buy merchandise & other goodies to support the Food for Life Wales services 💛

It's an exciting chance to be in at the ground floor (haha!) of this development - sign up now!

Social distancing will be observed throughout the site, and please bring your own mask and gloves.

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Lydia signed up to a community mission
Community mission

Helping at the Global Gardens Project Allotment *Get involved!*

Sat 14 Nov 09:00 am
Global Gardens Project Allotment, Heath, Cardiff, CF14 3NE
Help at a growing space that supports community-based sharing of food and cultures.

Our friends at the Global Gardens Allotment continue to need support with the upkeep of the allotment. Can you be one of the heroes that helps out? The lovely Poppy is the task organiser and will make you feel welcome at the allotment when you arrive. She always provides exciting tasks that make a big difference!

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