GoodGym is a community of runners that combine getting fit with doing good. They stop off on runs to do physical tasks for community organisations and to support isolated older people with social visits and one-off tasks they can't do on their own. Helping to #ReachOut and reduce social isolation and loneliness together! It's a great way to get fit, meet new people and do some good.
Building on the support gained already from local residents we hope to achieve the following outcomes.
100% of the older people supported through GoodGym feel happier after six months of visits, showing a 28% improvement across life satisfaction indicators. 98% consider their runner a friend after six months.
“I was housebound, I was lonely. The world crumbled in on me, I hadn't got much of a family, so someone coming in to see me enlightened me...now I can get out and about, and we're friends" - Joyce, Hackney.
Read more on the council's #ReachOut campaign to tackle loneliness and social isolation.
Runners through GoodGym increase their exercise by an average of 20 minutes exercise per week. 57% of members say they would not have joined another running group and 74% of registered runners are women.
“GoodGym has given me an enormous amount over the last two years. It's given me back my enjoyment of running, brought me into contact with some wonderful people” - runner, Bristol.
In any given area, GoodGym creates 1,600 hours of local volunteering per annum and supports up to 50 community organisations and friends groups within the year, many of which maintain outdoor spaces or improve the public realm. We engage a different type of cohort to better connect with their communities - 61% of our runners say they are not engaged in volunteering before joining GoodGym.
"You’re going there together and you’re all doing it together and you really feel that sense of community" - Carl, runner.