It's so true what they say - many hands make light work....
Tonight, 8 fabulous members arrived, eager to get stuck into a fabulous community task. It's fair to say that the job was quite overwhelming at first - we wondered how we were ever going to make an impact. The brambles were so overgrown down the alley..... it felt a bit like a scene from the castle in Sleeping Beauty!
As always though, we all got stuck in and cracked on with the task at hand. Maurice was a whizz cutting down the brambles, making light work with his hedge cutter - although judging by all the cuts on his legs, it looked like he'd been wrestling with them!! Karen, Emma Suzanne, Emily, Hazel and myself used the shears, the loppers and lots of elbow grease to chop our way through the overgrown brambles and weeds that grew on the path.
The bushes were laden with blackberries and it seemed a shame to see them go waste, so Nigel collected a big carrier bag full - will it be blackberry pie at the next task Nigel? ;-)
What was lovely to see tonight was local residents getting involved. A mother and daughter from one of the houses that backed onto the alley, came and mucked it too. It was lovely to see them getting involved.
After an hour and a half of hard graft, the fruits of our labour were clear to see. Have a look at the before and after picture..... we think you'll agree!
Well done team for another amazing night's work!
You're all awesome.
See you all soon. Love & hugs Nicola xx
A local part of our town has become overgrown with brambles and weeds etc and is untidy, an eyesore and quite unsafe for local residents.
With a few pairs of Goodgym hands, I’m sure we can have the area cleared in no time.
Please come and join us with a thick pair of gardening gloves to help whip this area into shape.
Tonight our 5 fabulous members came and got stuck in at the Mavor Court project which we've worked on before. Mavor Court is a housing complex for local residents. The local Guinness housing officer, Kenny, has worked tirelessly to improve the area and we've been fortunate to be involved on several occasions. The work that's been done there has really transformed the area and the residents are delighted with the outcome (many of the residents got stuck in and helped).
As part of the complex, there's an unadopted alleyway that runs alongside the complex. Tonight, it was our job to help clear it from all the litter and weeds that have accumulated over time. On initial inspection, it didn't look like there was much work - but it was actually deceptive. There was more than we actually realised!! We got stuck in with our litter pickers, our spades, our shovels and our brooms.
We worked for an hour and a half and got the alley looking really smart again. It was a really lovely evening - the weather was kind to us and the conversation and company was as fabulous as ever. Sometimes after a hard day at work, all you need is a small dose of Goodgym fun, feel-good, fitness and friendship to lift your spirits.
Hope to be back again soon Kenny - and we promise not to overfill the rubbish bags next time...... although it was a good workout for our muscles ;-)
Oh and the burning question we all want to know is - Emily, did you manage to make it to the chippy on time? ;-)
Mavor Court is looked after by Guinness Housing and the garden and outdoor space has been in need of a bit of an overhaul to make it a nicer place for the residents to sit and enjoy. Our job is once again helping to spruce it up but this doesn't mean we'll just be pulling up a few weeds! Nope, we'll be digging, weeding, fencing and shifting soil. Proper gritty work to get the heart pumping!
We've already worked on this project four times before and it will be great to go back and do some more to help it get even closer to completion.
This is definitely a case of many hands make light work, so I hope that you are able to join us for this fab task!
Suzanne just completed a six month streak of doing missions. That’s so many bags of garden rubbish cleared and jobs done to help someone out and put a smile on their face. Give Suzanne a cheer to encourage them to keep up the good work.
Another fabulous night back at the Wishing Well where we continued with the clean up operation ready for the reopening of this fabulous community space.
Tonight was predominantly spent paining the benches, tables and planters. It was a lovely task and thankfully the weather was kind to us allowing us to get on with the task at hand.
It was lovely to be able to have another catch up and everything was looking amazing by the time we'd finished. It's still a work in progress so we'll be back again next week to help continue. It will be looking all lovely for when it reopens to the service users.
Well done Goodgym Crewe on another fab task. You're all awesome :))
We're back at the Wishing Well again this week helping with the ongoing task of tidying up the outdoor space. This week we'll be sanding and painting the benches and seats that are used outside for visitors (let's keep everything crossed for a dry night!) for when the centre reopens again shortly.
I'm sure it will be another fab night in great company.
Please wear something that you don't mind getting mucky :-)
Motherwell is a local charity that does amazing work to support women and their families in our community. They have spent many months collecting and sorting donated uniform to support families that aren't able to provide their own. With the pandemic leaving many families in financial hardship, the uniform exchange has been greatly welcomed. Now that children are back at school again (with many having had growth spurts), it means that families are finding themselves in the position of having to provide another set of uniform for their children.
Tonight, 11 members made their way to one of two venues. Our task this week was to move the boxes from St. Paul's which is where the uniform was being stored, to Motherwell's new offices about 2 miles away. One team loaded up the boxes into the vans/cars at St. Pauls while the other team unloaded at the new offices.
Now that all the uniform is in the right place, the clothes are going to be sorted and displayed like a small shop to enable people to come and choose their own items.
It was a lovely night being able to catch up with some of our awesome Goodgym family again. And as always, many hands make light work and despite there being a lot of boxes, we soon got them all shifted.
Tonight also marked Karen's 50th task!!! Well done Karen!!
Thanks for all being so awesome and giving your time and enthusiasm so freely.
Look forward to seeing you all again soon,
Lots of love & big (virtual) hugs Nicola ❤ xx
Now that children are back in school, many families find themselves faced with having to buy more school uniform for their children.
Many have outgrown their clothes during lockdown and many families have been affected financially by the pandemic, so finding the money for uniform is impossible for many.
Over a period of months, Motherwell have been gathering uniform generously donated by families and the exchange was set up to help any family that needed it.
This week, we will be helping to sort the uniform out - which means transporting it from St. Paul's food bank across to Motherwell's new home on Beech Drive. This will be quite a physically demanding task but a very rewarding one.
Please bring your own masks.
It was so so so so so so so so lovely to see some of our lovely Goodgym members last night. It's been so long since a group of us has been able to meet up and do a task together. To have that face to face contact, in 'real life' with someone outside our own household was just wonderful. We chatted, we laughed, we used our muscles and we did good for our community (all socially distanced of course). Oh, and it was wonderful to see Maurice sporting his new '50' T-shirt..... the first person in Goodgym Crewe to earn it and what an inauguration it had!
Last night we were at our local food bank. Crewe food bank not only provides food for members of our community who are in need but it also provides furniture. The furniture is distributed free of charge to people in crisis - so for people who find themselves with literally nothing for various reasons.... coming off the street, coming out of an institution, house fires, relationship breakdowns etc. What's lovely about the Crewe food bank is that because they have such a large premises, it enables them to allow people to come and choose their own furniture, which makes the process a little more personal. Due to the impact of the pandemic, there are sadly more and more people finding themselves in need of support.
Due to COVID and them having to change the way they do things in the food bank, all the furniture had become cluttered and unorganised which made it impossible to display the available items for the clients. It was our job to help move and reorganise everthing so that clients can come and safely see the furniture displays easily.
We moved sofas, wardrobes, chairs, bureaus, bedside cabinets, coffee tables, TV stands..... you name it we moved it. Peter (our host) wanted everything organising into areas... so sofas in one place, wardrobes in another etc etc. By the time 8 pairs of Goodgym hands had worked their magic, the place was looking tidy, organised and amazing!! clients will find it much easier to go and pick their items now!
The food bank is in a very old, large church... which meant that we were greeted by one or two 8 legged spectators! Hopefully we didn't disturb them too much...
Our evening was rounded off with a quick tour of the food bank. They have some amazing projects running and we can't wait to do more to help them again the coming weeks and months.
It was an absolute joy to be together doing something good for our wonderful community!