Natasha Turner

Oxford

5Good deeds

5runs

13cheers

Natasha Turner has completed 5 good deeds with GoodGym. Wed 8 Dec 2021

Natasha is a now a pretty committed GoodGym runner. They've just run to do good for the fifth time

Natasha Turner went on a community mission
Community mission
Oxford

Eggs-cellent team work

Wed 8 Dec
Report written by Anwen Greenaway

The food bank is currently part-submerged under Christmas preparations, but nonetheless the day-to-day work of getting food out to people can't stop, won't stop. Tonight we prepared food parcels and emergency food requests, helped the delivery drivers load up, unpacked food deliveries and donations, made sense of the fruit and veg stacks in the kitchen and did some restocking of the shelves.

Anna and Natasha wrangled around 500 egg boxes into crates to go into storage pending future egg gluts. A more difficult task than it sounds thanks to there being no uniform design of egg box!

Big thanks to Rachael for taking charge and getting everyone organised at the start of our shift while I tried to get my head around the Christmas gift packing and wrapping system for this year's OMA pressies.

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Natasha Turner signed up to a community mission
Community mission
Oxford

Preparing Food parcels 8.12.21

Wed 8 Dec 16:30 pm
Richard Benson Hall, 276 Cowley Rd, Oxford, OX4 1UR
At Oxford Mutual Aid food bank

We have 2 tasks tonight. This is the early shift at Oxford Mutual Aid, and there will be a choice between a running session on the Roger Bannister track or a task packing Christmas gifts with Shoebox Project starting at 6:15pm. It would be feasible to make it to a 2nd session after OMA if you want a full evening of GoodGyming.

We will be based inside Richard Benson Hall preparing food parcels in the food bank and helping the delivery drivers load them into their cars. We will do some restocking of the shelves too if there's time.

Please wear a mask. Anwen will be at the hall from about 4pm, so feel free to turn up any time between 4pm and 4:30pm.

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Natasha Turner has cheered 10 times. Wed 1 Dec 2021

Natasha has helped keep other people motivated, Natasha has noticed what others have done and cheered 10 people. We doff our caps to you Natasha.

Natasha Turner went on a community mission
Community mission
Oxford

On the first day of Advent…

Wed 1 Dec
Report written by Anwen Greenaway

On the first day of advent Oxford Mutual Aid gave to us,
A list of food parcels to be packed.

Another Wednesday at the food bank:
As always we finished up the packing of food parcels for the regular recipients, then pulled together the parcels for the Emergency request list.
This week we also did a bit of restocking and reorganising to try and get bread, cakes and flour off the lower shelves, some unpacking of deliveries, and some kitchen consolidation to get the fresh produce into as few crates as possible (to create space for any further incoming deliveries).

Good work as always team!

Welcome to GoodGym Emma!

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Natasha Turner signed up to a community mission
Community mission
Oxford

Preparing Food parcels 1.12.21

Wed 1 Dec 16:30 pm
Richard Benson Hall, 276 Cowley Rd, Oxford, OX4 1UR
At Oxford Mutual Aid food bank

We have 2 tasks tonight. This is the early shift at Oxford Mutual Aid, and there will also be a Scavenger Hunt starting at 6:-5pm at East Oxford Community Centre. It would be feasible to make it to both if you want a full evening of GoodGyming.

We will be based inside Richard Benson Hall preparing food parcels in the food bank and helping the delivery drivers load them into their cars. We will do some restocking of the shelves too if there's time.

Please wear a mask. Anwen will be at the hall from about 4pm, so feel free to turn up any time between 4pm and 4:30pm.

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Natasha Turner went on a group run
Group run
Oxford

Digging deep for an un-frog-gettable pun

Wed 22 Sep
Report written by Anwen Greenaway

Meadow Lane residents have formed a gardening group and are planning some guerrilla gardening along the edge of Meadow Lane Recreation Ground. Last night the GoodGym flash mob was called in to help clear the ground and get it closer to the point where it can be planted up.

Spreading out all along the lane we hauled out long grass, nettles, litter, burdock, and bindweed, tripping to and fro across the recreation ground with wheelbarrows to dispose of the detritus amongst the nettles on the Aston's Eyot side. A couple of frogs/toads were rehomed in a more peaceful spot (anyone know how to tell which is which?), and needles and glass carefully excavated and disposed of safely.

The residents had expected us to just clear one section, but with our bumper turnout we managed to do a MUCH longer section of the lane than they'd anticipated, almost joining up with the area near the playground which has already been beautifully planted up with cottage garden flowers.

We've received heartfelt thanks for our efforts: "Thank you so much for the amazing work you guys did on Meadow Lane tonight! It will make a beautiful public space for all to share."

Definitely one to watch in the spring - what will pop up in the new flowerbeds along Meadow Lane?

Welcome Shati - great to meet you!

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Natasha Turner went on a community mission
Community mission
Oxford

Packing in the Good Deeds

Wed 22 Sep
Report written by Anwen Greenaway

6 GoodGymers packed a couple of dozen food parcels at the Oxford Mutual Aid Food Bank on Wednesday afternoon.

Here are some stats about Oxford Mutual Aid:

  1. With your help, OMA have delivered over 11,000 food parcels, and over 20,000 meals since launching in March 2020.

  2. OMA's regular deliveries of food, baby supplies and other essentials support to 286 households, going to 529 adults, 278 children, and 85 babies.

  3. Over the last month Oxford Mutual Aid sent out 285 emergency food parcels, which went to 532 adults, 137 children, and 85 babies, and over 400 Kitchen Collective meals (precooked meals) were prepared, going to 81 households.

  4. A further 50 parcels go to clients of St. Mungo’s and residents in temporary accommodation every week.

  5. Oxford Mutual Aid supply food to several local community groups, charities and larders including Syrian Sisters, South Asian Women’s Voice, St. Mungo’s, the Porch, the Gatehouse, Food for Charities, Botley Larder, AGE UK, Dementia Oxfordshire and Florence Park Community Centre.

  6. In total OMA provides support to over 2,000 people every week, which is over 1% of Oxford’s population.

This is only possible because of YOU and the other amazing volunteers.

Welcome Liz and Sonia - really good to meet you!

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Natasha Turner signed up to a group run
Group run
Oxford

Meadow Lane Recreation Ground digathon

Wed 22 Sep 18:00 pm
Richard Benson Hall, 276 Cowley Rd, Oxford, OX4 1UR
Residents' gardening project

Some residents of Meadow Lane have formed a gardening group and are planning to plant up a strip 1m wide along the edge of Meadow Lane Recreation Ground. They have asked for a GoodGym flash mob to help them prepare the ground by digging out the turf and weeds in preparation for planting. A strip by the playground has been started, and we will extend this.

Sunset is at 7:04pm, so we will want to get working quickly, but Meadow Lane is street lit, which will extend our digging time.

Wheelbarrows, forks and spades will be provided. You may prefer to bring your own gardening gloves, but they aren't completely necessary for this task.

Meeting options:
* Anyone wishing to run or walk to the task as a group please meet in the car park of the Richard Benson Hall, 276b Cowley Rd at 6pm. There will be running and walking routes planned. There won’t be a bag drop available.
* If you would prefer to meet at the task please meet us on the corner of Jackdaw Lane and Meadow Lane at 6:10pm.

I am hoping to get a booking on the Roger Bannister Track for 7:45-8:15pm and will list that separately once it is confirmed.

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Natasha Turner signed up to a community mission
Community mission
Oxford

Preparing Food parcels 22.9.21

Wed 22 Sep 16:30 pm
Richard Benson Hall, 276 Cowley Rd, Oxford, OX4 1UR
At Oxford Mutual Aid food bank

We have 2 tasks tonight. This is the early shift at Oxford Mutual Aid, and there will also be a task at Meadow Lane Recreation Ground starting at 6:10pm. It would be feasible to make it to both if you want a full evening of GoodGyming.

We will be based inside Richard Benson Hall preparing food parcels in the food bank and helping the delivery drivers load them into their cars. We will do some restocking of the shelves too if there's time.

Please wear a mask. Anwen will be at the hall from 4pm, so feel free to turn up any time between 4pm and 4:30pm.

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