Goodgym helps people to get fit by doing good. They’re a group of runners who combine regular exercise with helping their communities. The Integrated Care Fund helped the Charity to establish itself in Cardiff due to its commitment to inter-generational support and community well-being
Goodgym seeks to combine exercise with good deeds in the community. Volunteer runners can take part in ‘coach runs’ (running regularly to see an isolated older person), ‘mission runs’ (running to help older people with one-off tasks) or group runs (running with a group to help community projects).
In May 2017, thirty-six enthusiastic and motivated runners gathered for the GoodGym launch at Yr Hen Lyfrgell in Cardiff. All were excited and curious about what was to unfold at the first GoodGym group run to take place in Wales. Marcus Longley, Vice Chair of the University Health Board also attended to help launch the event.
After a warm up, the runners split into two groups based on the length of run that people wanted to undertake. They then set off towards Canton Community Hall – the site chosen for the first GoodGym community project.
When the runners arrived at the task site, David and the volunteers from Canton Grows Wild explained what needed to be done. Tasks included digging, weeding and laying wood chip, planting two-hundred plug plants, and shifting a ton of gravel in order to extend the disabled access path.
The runners spent half an hour working together to transform the site. David, the task organiser, was really impressed by the enthusiasm of the GoodGym runners and how much was done in such a short space of time.
Lucy, a member of GoodGym Cardiff, said “It’s really amazing how much we managed to get done in 30 minutes. The gardens look completely different and really pretty!”
Goodgym continue to run weekly events throughout Cardiff and are always on the lookout for new volunteers. GoodGym also plans to develop a similar programme within the Vale of Glamorgan – watch this space!
With thanks to GoodGym for sharing their story. December 2018