Last updated 28 August 2018
GoodGym launches in Stockport
Stockport residents can do a good deed and get fit at the same time with the launch of GoodGym on Tuesday 28 August 2018.
GoodGym is a community of runners who combine exercise with helping local communities.
GoodGym has a unique approach to building community cohesion, promoting fitness and reducing social isolation. GoodGym runners stop off on their weekly organised run led by a GoodGym trainer to do physical tasks for community organisations and to support isolated older people with one-off tasks they can’t do on their own.
In addition to the weekly group run, GoodGym runners can 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.
GoodGym welcomes runners of all ability and is open to anyone over 18 in Stockport. There is a weekly group run taking place every Tuesday launching on 28 August at 6.30pm and two hours free parking is available for runners in the Stockport Exchange NCP car park.
For the first Stockport run, the group will be running from Life Leisure Grand Central in Stockport to the Heatons Centre to help our friends from Signpost Stockport for Carers manage their green space with some painting and cutting back- so that all their visitors will be able to enjoy a breath of fresh air in a relaxing space.
The launch of GoodGym Stockport has been made possible through the support of Stockport Council and Age UK Stockport and will be GoodGym’s 46th area nationwide and the first in Greater Manchester.
Stockport Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Chair of Stockport’s Health and Wellbeing Board, Councillor Tom McGee, said:
“We know that lots of people in Stockport are moved to help others in their community and GoodGym will provide a real motivation to get fit and also be part of a team that makes a difference to peoples’ lives. I’m looking forward to people coming together with GoodGym and encouraging others to get involved.”
To take part, sign up on the GoodGym website
For more information on GoodGym and future runs email firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 020 3432 3920