IT’S OUR BIRTHDAY!!
Far from hitting the terrible twos, tonight we celebrated in true Goodgym Oxford style by helping our local community and eating baked goods. In the last 2 years 2516 good deeds have been done by 238 runners (and walkers and cyclists). An amazing achievement, especially when you consider that half of this time we have been in the grip of a global pandemic!
It was so lovely to start our task in the light – actually seeing (half) of people’s faces was brilliant after what has seemed like a never-ending winter. It won’t be long until we are starting and finishing our evenings in the light – spring is a-springing!!
Oxford Mutual Aid recently featured on ITV news trying to highlight just how important the work that they do is. Demand for emergency food parcels and the general week-to-week deliveries are on the rise, and so the time that we give them is vital and gratefully received. OMA have paired with some wonderful local suppliers and restaurants; The Kitchen Collective, Taste Tibet, and most recently Syrian Sisters, all of whom provide delicious, nutritious meals which go out in the parcels we deliver. This week we delivered 40 regular and 4 emergency parcels. These deliveries helped 59 adults and several children and babies.
A huge thanks to Anwen and Martha for the delicious vegan treats and welcome to Esmee who chose an excellent evening to join us! We hope to see you again soon. A 'dedication to GoodGym' award has to go to Jessy for coming to help tonight despite being on crutches. Following in Aoife's hop-steps there!
And finally, many virtual pats on the back and foot rubs go to Rob who managed to drag himself along tonight despite finishing his amazing challenge of running 7 half marathons in 7 days to raise money for OMA. We think that you are brilliant, potty, but brilliant. Now go and have a nap!
We're now into our 5th consecutive month of Wednesdays at Oxford Mutual Aid. It's proved to be a valuable partnership for us and provided crucial extra help for Oxford Mutual Aid through this COVID lockdown winter. It has kept us busy and connected with each other, and enabled Oxford Mutual Aid reach more people with deliveries of food and other essentials. Whilst we hope to be able to offer a greater range of tasks soon, we're really pleased to be continuing to support Oxford Mutual Aid in their vital work.
This 6pm task will be delivering food parcels within walking distance of Richard Benson Hall. We will divide into small groups to deliver in different areas. No-one will be asked to deliver on their own. We will stagger your arrival times at the hall, and you will receive an email on Wednesday (around lunchtime) to let you whether to arrive at 6pm or 6:15pm.
Please wear a mask when you arrive at the hall to collect the food parcels and when you drop them off with the recipient.
Morgan is part of a crowd that's making a huge noise. Morgan has been cheered by 25 people - that's a round of applause just on their own. We hope they keep it up.
Busy Saturday afternoon at the Richard Benson Hall with the clean, sort out and restock GG Hero's!
A relatively quiet first hour allowed Zoe and Rachel to crack on with re-stocking the shelves while Morgan and I took to the kitchen, cleaning down the fridges and starting to wade through the sea of bread-based items overtaking the kitchen (a job very much 'middle and ended' by Zoe!) - there was also plenty of GF bread which was a welcome addition to our Free from section in the main hall, stacked up by Morgan.
3 EPs arrived and were taken one each by each of the fab team. Lots and lots of breaded items and fresh meals and veggies were packed to go.
Between Rachel and Morgan, the floors were swept and mopped, and the bins were changed.... Including some interesting efforts to get all the bin bags to fit in the main bin; all I can say is, the agility was impressive and the commitment, respectable!
Owing to the previous week's experience of no bread, Zoe carefully packed freezers with lots of lovely sliced bread.....and just as we joked about hoping lots of new meals didn't turn up any time soon, a vanful did exactly that!
It was nearly time to go, but with some dreamy teamwork and everyone staying a little later than planned (thank you; you the best!) we turfed out lots of the bread and freezer-ed up some space. I think we must have proceeded to stack almost every freezer and fridge full of the meals, trying to maintain some sort of order for the next lot!
Lots of extra meals were added to the EPs, which should go down a treat (they looked lovely!) and we certainly won't be short on meals for the next few days!
Just about remembered to take some pictures; have you ever seen so much concentration in someone's eye's trying to take a selfie?! Lovely smiling eyes from everyone else!
Certainly did GG Oxford proud on its 2nd birthday! Have a restful weekend team, and see you soon!
Morgan has done 10 good deeds. They are a trusted GoodGym runner and are now eligible to join their local TaskForce.
48 parcels packed and delivered tonight; 42 for regular recipients and 6 emergency parcels. That's an all time high for us on a Wednesday evening, but you all took it in your stride and rose to the challenge.
On Random Act of Kindness Day you have made the world a better place for 62 adults plus their children and babies.
Packing parcels, restocking the shelves, unpacking deliveries and donations, dog walks...it was all going on tonight. Thanks for being the best and most helpful team in town!
This task will be based inside Richard Benson Hall unpacking deliveries, restocking the shelves in the food bank, packing any emergency parcel requests, and giving the hall a clean.
Please wear a mask.
Showing my age with the report title?!
Tonight we packed 43 parcels of food, cleaning products, toiletries and baby essentials (nappies, baby food, formula). Those parcels will support 61 adults in Oxford and their children, helping them to make it through another difficult week in lockdown. We delivered 31 parcels between us, with others collected by recipients or other OMA volunteers.
We're getting familiar with some of the Wednesday evening regulars now, and some are quite keen to chat. Tonight's feedback was gratitude for the flowers that we included in parcels a couple of weeks ago which serendipitously were delivered just a couple of days before the recipient's birthday, thanks for including lots of corned beef (a favourite), and a query about if we were Olympic athletes (slight disappointment that we're not).
Last week in total Oxford Mutual Aid packaged and delivered 205 regular food parcels, which reached 378 adults, 259 children and 36 babies, plus 51 emergency parcels . Through Kitchen Collective, they made 502 meals, delivering these to a total of 145 households. Taste Tibet, Wadham College and Jam Factory also helped make 370 additional meals this week.
It's great to be involved!
Tonight we packed 44 parcels of food and other essential items for people in our community, and delivered 30 of them. Those parcels helped 61 adults, 5 children, 3 teenagers, and several babies and toddlers, making it easier for the households to cope with the challenges of this pandemic.
As we enter February we tick off our 3rd month of doing Wednesday night packing and deliveries for the Oxford Mutual Aid Food Bank. OMA is the only 7-days-a-week source of food support in Oxford, and works closely with other groups such as Cherwell Larder and Botley Larder to help alleviate food poverty all across the city and surrounding area. It is entirely volunteer run, and the work we do with them is hugely appreciated by the organisers.
To give you an idea of the ever-growing scale of the operation, last week Oxford Mutual Aid packaged and delivered 281 food parcels, which reached (at least) 378 adults, 258 children and 36 babies. Through Kitchen Collective, the cooked meals crew, they also made 425 meals, delivering these to a total of 125 households.
Thank you all for your commitment and enthusiasm for helping on Wednesday evenings, and at other times too. It makes a big difference.
It's all about community and solidarity!
Welcome Amy - great to have you along to your first GoodGym evening!
It was a big team effort tonight to pack and deliver an all time high of 46 parcels of food and other essentials this last Wednesday of Lockdown January. Tonight you helped 64 adults, 11 children, and several babies.
Peggy-pup kept us all in order (no slacking when Peggy's watching) and Victoria sponge cake kept us energised, so even a bit of drizzle couldn't slow us down.
The evening felt very busy, but worked like clockwork - thanks all of you for playing your part! Oxford Mutual Aid are very grateful, and I got a call from one of our recipients thanking us for sending all his favourite foods.