Wonderful wild community space
Read what it means to a community project to have a load of GoodGym runners turn up
September 26, 2019
GoodGym runners and walkers contribute many thousands of hours every month to community projects across the UK. Maria Devereaux, the project coordinator of Wild Cat Wilderness in Lewisham, writes about what GoodGym’s visits mean to her.
The Lewisham GoodGym have been volunteering at the Wild Cat Wilderness since they started locally and visit about 10 times a year, on a Monday plus some weekend community missions. As a charity green space project, we have come to rely on GoodGym for certain tasks that need many people or doing swiftly. This might be loading up a skip of rubbish by a rally of wheelbarrows, weed bashing paths before events, digging up bits of metal or nicer jobs such as blackberry picking.
We have come to rely on GoodGym for certain tasks that need many people or doing swiftly
Having 20-30 people on site at one time achieves so much. They are all such lovely people, nothing is too much trouble and they seem to enjoy being outdoors in our urban oasis even when it’s wet and dark and working with headlights on!
Several members now volunteer regularly with us independently, and members have also visited the Wilderness with their families at other times.
We have such a good relationship with the trainer Adele and the team, and it’s great to see familiar faces visit time again with new runners who discover our wonderful wild community space. To say thank you, we host a summer social for them with a barbecue and campfire. But we really can’t say thank you enough!
Here’s to the next 10 years of this wonderful initiative.