GoodGym to launch in Woking
GoodGym's 38th area opens with the support of the Community Foundation for Surrey, Thames Valley Housing Association and Woking Borough Council
October 03, 2017
Woking is set for it's very own GoodGym, launching Wednesday 11th October
The launch of GoodGym Woking has been made possible through the generous support of the Community Foundation for Surrey, Thames Valley Housing Association and Woking Borough Council. GoodGym Woking will be led by local trainer Nick Frost. He said:
"I can’t wait to get GoodGym up and running in Woking. This is a fantastic opportunity to get the people of Woking fit and active whilst doing good in the community. So many people will benefit from the amazing work GoodGym can provide."
In addition to the weekly group run organised by Nick, GoodGym runners will also 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.
Cllr Beryl Hunwicks, Woking Borough Council’s Portfolio Holder for Health and Wellbeing, said:
“We are excited to welcome GoodGym to Woking. The launch of such a creative scheme, fresh from London, is testament to the borough’s open-mindedness and willingness to embrace new ideas and innovations. It is a superb initiative that will benefit a great deal of people in our community, whether is it by encouraging them to get fit with a free workout session, or through helping a good cause by providing a willing workforce. I wish the GoodGym team every success and look forward to seeing the fruit of the runners’ work around the borough before too long.”
Kate Peters, Director of Grants and Impact from the Community Foundation for Surrey added:
“Goodgym is an exciting and innovative project which we at CFS are proud to have been able to support. Committed to strengthening our communities and identifying key needs in Surrey, this project offers dual benefit that is invaluable in the local area. By encouraging exercise and ultimately reducing social isolation, it is projects like this that make a genuine difference to the lives of local people. We wish Goodgym every success and look forward to its Woking launch!”
Rudi Nicholls, Community Investment Officer from Thames Valley Housing Association, said:
“We're really excited to launch GoodGym in Woking with our partners! Running with a social purpose is an amazing concept and we look forward to all the good work our runners will do while improving their physical health. TVHA residents along with the wider community will demonstrate over the course of the project that when a community comes together in a positive way, we can achieve amazing things”
GoodGym Woking launches on the 11th of October. The launch event will begin at 6.45pm at the location below. Everyone is welcome. RSVP here.
From then on, GoodGym Woking will meet Every Wednesday at 6:45pm
Start location: Anytime Fitness, 51-57 Chertsey Rd, Woking, GU21 5AJ