GoodGym during the Coronavirus outbreak

A message from GoodGym's founder

March 20, 2020

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Dear GoodGym,

The goal that we all have been working towards together, all of us at GoodGym, is happier, healthier and better connected cities. The Coronavirus is a direct challenge to all three goals of that mission. It drives us apart, it risks our health and it dampens our spirits. In these times, when we can no longer meet in groups we have to redefine what we do to meet this challenge.

Over this time we will be focusing our attention on providing essential support to vulnerable people during this crisis and supporting the organisations and people that provide this support. To do so safely we've made some changes to missions and community missions and produced new training to support it. To start helping on Monday, we all need to do this training.

What does this mean in practice?

Missions will now focus on safe food delivery to isolated people who are most in need during the coronavirus outbreak and supporting hospital discharge teams.

Community missions will focus on supporting the organisations that provide essential support to services, including the health and care systems and foodbanks.

We will be working with Local Authorities, the Red Cross and other partners. We are not sure of how many referrals we will receive but we know the demand is high so the more of us that complete the training the better. Missions are likely to be in higher demand initially. I encourage you to take this training and to follow its rules very carefully. By doing so we can prepare to make a difference to people in very difficult circumstances over the coming months. Alongside this we will be aiming to set ourselves a fitness challenge over the next few months to keep us active.

The training is now available on the website and can be completed here

I'm sure, like many of us, you are facing difficult decisions, fear and the prospect of a lengthy isolation from friends and family. I hope that by continuing to do what we do in this way we can stay connected to each other and continue to demonstrate the positivity we have always stood for.

Let's do our best,

Ivo

Ivo Gormley, Founder and CEO, GoodGym

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