Ruth

Oxford

32Good deeds

145runs

175cheers

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Oxford

Food parcels 26.5.21

Wed 26 May 16:30 pm
Richard Benson Hall, 276 Cowley Rd, Oxford, OX4 1UR
Packing ONLY

We have 2 tasks tonight. This is the early shift at Oxford Mutual Aid, and there will also be a task TBC starting at 6:15pm. 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 and helping the drivers load them into their cars.

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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Food parcels 19.5.21

Wed 19 May 16:30 pm
Richard Benson Hall, 276 Cowley Rd, Oxford, OX4 1UR
Packing ONLY

We have 2 tasks in East Oxford tonight. This is the early shift at Oxford Mutual Aid, and there will also be a task litter picking at Magdalen Wood starting at 6:15pm. 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 and helping the drivers load them into their cars.

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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Food parcels 12.5.21

Wed 12 May 16:30 pm
Richard Benson Hall, 276 Cowley Rd, Oxford, OX4 1UR
Packing ONLY

We have 2 tasks in East Oxford tonight. This is the early shift at Oxford Mutual Aid, and there will also be a task at The Children's Allotment starting at 6:15pm. 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 approximately 40 food parcels and helping the drivers load them into their cars.

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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Say Cheese!(cake)

Sun 9 May
Report written by Rob Edinburgh

We packed loads of food parcels for OMA with 'item of the day' being this cheesecake! yum!

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Rake it til you Make it

Sat 8 May
Report written by Anwen Greenaway

We had unfinished business at Boundary Brook Nature Park, and that will just not do. 2.5 weeks ago we started building gravel paths through the Nature Park, but we ran out of both gravel and time and so had to leave the paths unfinished. Today it was time to return to the newly-replenished gravel heap to see how much we could achieve with the luxury of a 2 hour work window.

Oxford Urban Wildlife Group had used all their allotment contacts to acquire enough wheelbarrows for 14 GoodGymmers, so with 8 wheelbarrows moving in convoy, and an ace shovelling team, we were able to keep an almost constant flow of gravel moving through the Nature Park and getting deposited at Pete and Helen's feet for raking and spreading into a smooth(ish) pathway. Our experience of wheelbarrows in the last week or so has lead us to the realisation that not all wheelbarrows are created equal: Venetia retired the one with the wonky wheel, Dan declared the one without a wheel frame unfit for gravel tasks, and 1.5 hours in we discovered that there is such a thing as a E-Barrow - although using one would probably disqualify us from calling it a GoodGYM task.

In total we shifted 10 tonnes of gravel to finish and extend the wheelchair-friendly paths around the nature park which we started on our last visit. That works out at 0.714 tonnes per GoodGymer, or 0.357 tonnes per GoodGymer per hour. A more than decent workout - we've definitely earnt some pudding tonight!

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How many rolls of wall paper does it take to fund a food bank?

Wed 5 May
Report written by Anwen Greenaway

One more fabulous Wednesday afternoon team effort packing food parcels at the Oxford Mutual Aid food bank.

This week budget cuts have hit hard for many of the organisations working to combat food poverty, Oxford Mutual Aid included. A combination of price increases from suppliers (quadrupling £ in some cases) and new funding applications being rejected means that supplies are dwindling. We can no longer provide milk or rice as standard in food parcels, toiletries will only be included once a fortnight, and even baked beans are needing to be rationed. It is extremely frustrating to see funding reductions when there is no evidence of diminishing need for food support.

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Back to pack!

Sun 2 May
Report written by Rob Edinburgh

Goodgym returned to Oxford Mutual Aid to pack a huge amount of parcels on Sunday morning! A great team effort from all involved!! A special welcome to Jo for her first Sunday packing task!!

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Vaccinating the Nation

Fri 30 Apr
Report written by Anwen Greenaway

Ruth, Alex and I spent close to 6 hours ushering people through the Leys Health Centre COVID-19 vaccination clinic. It was mostly people getting their 2nd doses of Oxford-Astrazeneca today. 400 or so people got a vaccine today.

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Just Chill

Wed 28 Apr
Report written by Anwen Greenaway

The new hall manager at Oxford Mutual Aid has been working wonders over the last couple of weeks, with the result that today was our most relaxed OMA shift in months. We finished packing all the parcels due to be collected by evening delivery drivers, added the chilled items to parcels prepared earlier in the day, packed and sent out Kitchen Collective meals, packed 8 Emergency food parcels, and had time for chat (the pros and cons of 1940s vs 1950s fashion). We were out of the door and running to our next Community Mission on the dot of 6pm: Perfect! Always smooth running with the dream team.

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Easy like Sunday mornin

Sun 25 Apr
Report written by Rob Edinburgh

We came, we packed, we stacked and we conquered!! great job sunday superstars!

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