GoodGym is launching in Newcastle this April
We're launching in our 42nd area with support from Newcastle Council & The Newcastle Fund
April 16, 2018
GoodGym Newcastle is about to launch in partnership with Newcastle City Council and has been funded by The Newcastle Fund. It will be the 42nd GoodGym area to launch in the UK. Our first ever group run session will be on Monday 30th April.
GoodGym Newcastle will be led by local trainer Anji Andrews. Each week she’ll be leading a group of runners on a short run before stopping off to support a community organisation with a physical task like planting trees, shifting earth, or clearing derelict land.
I have read some inspirational stories of runners doing amazing things through GoodGym and I can't wait to give Newcastle runners the same platform to change their lives, other lives, and places in their community.”
For our first run, we’re working with our charity partner Changing Lives, who support homeless and vulnerable men in the city. After a run, the group will give the kitchens and outdoor space at Elliott House a big spring clean.
In addition to the weekly group run organised by Anji, GoodGym runners can also choose to be paired with an isolated older person and commit to a weekly social visit and/or help with one-off household tasks. The GoodGym befriending scheme has been proven to reduce loneliness and improve wellbeing.
A spokesperson from he Newcastle Community Fund said:
“The proposal from the GoodGym team is an innovative approach to both exercise and battling social isolation – both of which can impact on people’s lives.
“We really look forward to seeing the project up and running in Newcastle.”
Find out more about GoodGym Newcastle
- GoodGym Newcastle launches on the 30th April. Sign-up here to run with us at the launch event. Everyone is welcome.
- The launch event will begin at 6.15pm. The start location is: Hotel Indigo, 2 Fenkle St, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 5XU (Old Assembly Rooms and a short walk from Central Station)
- GoodGym Newcastle will meet every Monday at 6:15pm at Hotel Indigo
- Find out more here about how you can run to visit an isolated older person in Newcastle