Welcome to GoodGym Liverpool
We're a friendly and social group who combine exercise with helping out in the local community. We meet every week to get active and do a physical task to help the charities and community organisations and projects across the Liverpool City Region.
The Task We are starting a series of sessions over the next year working with the NHS Recovery Ranger at a selection of Liverpool Hospitals, to help create beautiful spaces for nature and people to recover and thrive, turning patches of grass into wildflower meadows, planting trees and making some magic happen!
This session is at the Women's Hospital and we will be planting flowers and herbs.
The Run (and walk)
GoodGym is for everyone. We welcome runners of all abilities and always have a walking option too if that's more preferable for you. We always have a back-marker so no-one is left behind - we're about achieving something together so you'll always be welcome no matter what your pace is.
We'll be meeting at the Suitcases on Hope Street, details of the run/walk to follow! What 3 Words location link
The run/walk starts at 6:30pm so please arrive a little early ready to start on time.
Coming together to do up this miniature railway, none of us stayed Station-ary for very long! Our task was to help in anyway to restore the railway grounds to a usable condition again. Arthur greeted us at the gate and explained how Covid and a fire had impacted operations. With many areas needing TLC (train loving care) we scoped it out, choochoosed a tool and got to work. A bed full of weeds, some tree clearing, pathway weeding, timber flower bed repairs, timber sawing and raking out. We conducted our work with aplomb. Nothing was going to derail us. It was a great way to let off some steam at the end of a week and we’ve a return ticket in the bag.
Well done to Steph and Pauline for their long distance travels to make it. It was great to have Tony back and sawing the logs ready for the fire, Ben getting us from the best angles(check out social media pages soon) , Libby coming up with the best pun whilst tree clearing, Ruth clearing the bed of weeds, Steph raking the soil clear of weeds, Jess and Lee clearing and repairing the timber flower beds, Roz and Emma clearing the walkways, Eimear and Jo clearing the trees and Matt digging.
You made a big impact and we’ve given the miniature railway group further and hope. With a return journey we could bring it closer to …. getting back on track
If you choo choose to sign up for this mission you will help out the Calderstones Park minature railway group who unfortunately had their equipment go on fire in May this year derailing their planned relaunch and meaning the kids can't enjoy it. We can help by weeding and tiding up the railway route and this will give the fundraising group the positive energy they need to restart the project.
You will need a pair of gloves and I will bring some hand tools.
Let's meet at the Mansion House at 12 and jog over to the station
*A sunny Monday evening saw the return of the group run to Liverpool! *
9 Goodgym stalwarts met on Hope Street with varying levels of excitement/nervousness about the 3km ahead. (For some of us this was not only our first group run in a while... )
Shout out to Sallyann for completing her first group run
In the meantimeMatthew and the walking group met in the park and were able to get a good idea of where the best areas to focus the litter pick were.
Thankfully the park was relatively tidy and out main focus seemed to be cigarette butts, although the odd barbeque did make an appearance.
After a half hour pick we left the park a much nicer place to be and much safer for birds and small animals! Well done to everyone who joined!
Before we knew it we we back on Hope Street, cooling down in the evening sun, already excitedly discussing what the next group run will hold.
It’s been a long time coming but GoodGym LIVERPOOL GROUP RUNS ARE BACK
As with everything, we are having to adapt, and at the moment we’re not going to be able to use The Hope Street Hotel as the starting base. This is however an excellent chance for us to experiment, and so we are going to have Group Runs starting on different days of the week and from different locations in order to see if this works better than the same location and same time each week.
For the first Group Run though we are going to start the run part from Hope Street, where the luggage sculpture is. It’s just a two minute walk from The Hope Street Hotel. Sophie will be leading the run from here at 6.30pm, starting with a warm up and then running to the Oasis In The Park Cafe in the centre of Sefton Park. (About 3km).
And what better way to start than with a good old fashioned litter pick in Sefton Park? If you don’t feel up to the run for whatever reason but would like to get some exercise in, Matthew will be leading a walk from the Oasis In The Park Cafe in the centre of Sefton Park (near the Eros Fountain) from 6.30pm. What 3 Words location link here
Please would you let us know once you have signed up, whether you will be running or walking before the event, so we can get an idea of who is going to be where.
The picking will start at about 6.50pm and we will finish this at about 7.30pm. Sophie will then lead the run back to Hope Street. (3km)
Pickers and bags will be provided, but do bring your own gloves.
It is of course outside but if you want to wear a face-mask feel free to do so.
Finally, as we are meeting outside please try to come only in what you are going to run in. Sophie will however have a car at Hope Street and Matthew will have a car at Princes Park if you want to put valuables/bags somewhere secure, however you do so at your own risk. If you can let us know beforehand if you would like to use this option that will really help, especially for Matthew as he can arrange to meet you before 6.30pm as it will be a 5 minutes walk to the car from the cafe.
Hopefully see you there. Sophie and Matthew. xxx
Waking up to a slightly cooler day at the tail end of this heatwave was a good start for this community mission, and on the same day as the momentous return of parkrun, our Goodgymers WhatsApp groups was a buzz with messages of running and volunteering at our local parkruns and an excitment to be up and running again (pun intended!) (and of course this CM was timed so people could do both!)
We did our first visit to Sanctuary Family Support in August 2019 with a spot of painting, planting and litter picking. Returing this weekend as 15 months of the building being locked down and all the staff and volunteers working from home has left the Yarden in a bit of a sorry state!
We set to cleaning up rubbish, clipping back some hardy overgrown plants, sweeping and scraping moss of the ground, and washing down the garden furniture. Today was all about cleaning up and making the space usable again, and we will be back in a few weeks to help plant some more new flowers and add a bit of glamour and sparkle.
Sanctuary Family Support are a local charity providing support to families of substance misusers, the substance misusers themselves and Kinship Carers. They offer one-to-one counselling as well as a progreamme or courses, workshops and community activities.
Sanctuary was founded by four parents in 1999, who realised then that there was a need for the service as there was no support services available to families in turmoil when they discover their son, daughter or other family member has a alcohol or drug problem, or both.
The Yarden is a perfect space for a little oasis and it's our pleasure to work the fabulous team at Sanctuary to help make that possible.
We were last at Sanctuary Family Support back in the summer of 2019 fixing up their kitchen and outside space
Now we are back again to clean up the Yarden (that's a cross between a garden and a yard!) and planting some flowers, and if we have time we will do a fresh coat of varnish on some garden furniture too.
Sanctuary Family support is a confidential service for Substance misusers and family members 18 and over. We provide 1-1 support, counselling, outreach, holistic therapies, drug education & information, workshops, family cohesion activities during summer holidays.
On the gorgeous Crosby Beach in balmy weather we weaved through the groups of families and friends, all enjoying the a day at the seaside, picking up litter the folks leave behind!
Crosby Beach is famous for the Anthony Gormley status, the installation known as Another Place the peace features 100 cast iron figures standing in the sand, all facing out to sea. Sadly for us today (but fortunately for them) they were absent for the first time, all getting a much needed spruce up ready to be put back in place. In the meantime we were sprucing up the beach and the dunes!
And a huge thank you to the amazing Friends of Crosby Beach for loaning us their litterpicking equipment and supporting us today. The Friends group are out there on a regular basis keeping the beach clean and safe for all of us and without the dedication and care of such fab volunteers the beach wouldn't be the beautiful asset to our city that it is! We were glad today that we could do our small part to help.