Combining voluntary community work and opportunities for great exercise, GoodGym Crewe unites people in and around the Crewe area to come together and help community causes, fight loneliness and get fit. On the GoodGym website, they describe their goal as wanting to transfer wasted energy in a Gym into helping people in our communities that need it. Improving the quality of life for older people is hugely important, particularly following the isolation created by the global pandemic. In today’s blog we’re discussing how to get involved in GoodGym, how people feel about taking part and upcoming GoodGym events in Crewe.
To date, GoodGym has completed 918 good deeds and counting, as their community missions aim to help make the Crewe area a better place to live. By organising community runs to missions such as planting trees in local parks, digging for community gardening projects or sorting cans for food banks, they are making positive changes to Crewe as a local community. New runners are welcomed, as GoodGym runs are great opportunities to get fit and stay motivated, whilst meeting new people and embracing a sense of community. Click here to learn more and book onto a community mission.
While community based events and runs are essential to improving local areas, GoodGym seeks to be inclusive and considerate towards those vulnerable and most affected by the pandemic. Taking part in a mission run involves running to help older people isolated during lockdown with tasks they aren't able to do on their own. This may involve changing lightbulbs, moving furniture or assisting with gardening. Currently, As with community missions, you'll team up with other runners to run to complete the task, then run back. Current missions involve running to support patients as they arrive for their COVID-19 vaccinations at the Eagle Bridge Health & Wellbeing Centre.
GoodGym: What Do People Think?
As people are fully booking onto each run event, we thought it'd be great to hear some insights into how people are finding GoodGym Crewe and what they have personally gained from the experience.
Karen & Nigel speak about how it has helped them get involved in community work:
"Being part of GoodGym has helped us find a connection with our local community and feel a part of it. We have lived locally for 15 years but didn't know anybody outside of work and we both felt we wanted to get involved in community work but didn't know how. Through GoodGym, we have met so many wonderful people, made some really good friends, gained a sense of purpose and helped us to make a contribution to our local community."
Lauren offered a highly positive account of how she has benefitted from volunteering:
"'I joined GoodGym because I wanted to get more involved with local volunteer work after enjoying it so much at University. GoodGym was the only volunteering group I knew of that I could do alongside working full time, as it ran on a Wednesday evening. However, I did not expect how much I personally would get out of GoodGym. I've met some of the most kindhearted and inspiring people, my fitness has improved through the group runs, as usually, I get bored and struggle running alone and my overall well-being improved massively. It is without doubt my favourite day of the week and I'd be there rain or snow with my GoodGym Family'
Feedback from volunteers is highly positive, with Lauren summing up what you can expect to gain from taking part in a GoodGym event. If you're looking to improve your own personal health and wellbeing, help out in your local community or meet new people after a long time indoors, consider signing up to one of their future events.
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