Latest News

Run to help

Publish date:Wednesday, September 26, 2018

West Midlands Mayor Andy Street joined GoodGym founder Ivo Gormley and Solihull Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, Cllr Karen Grinsell, to demonstrate this innovative scheme where runners exercise and do good deeds.

West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) and Solihull Council are working with national charity GoodGym to bring its innovative running to do good deeds scheme to the region.

The GoodGym scheme offers an imaginative alternative to conventional gyms, tapping into the vast human potential of local communities, by giving people a way to use their exercise regime to help lonely or housebound people.

West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) and Solihull Council are investing £35k in the pilot project which aims to support vulnerable older adults and at the same time motivate other adults to get active.

GoodGym matches up runners who run from central locations to meet with their “coaches” - the older people - for a chat or to help them out at home.

Participants report how their involvement with the project is changing lives and creating a model for a more caring and sustainable future.

WMCA Wellbeing Board Member and Solihull Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health Cllr Karen Grinsell, said: “This is a wonderful scheme which looks to partner up runners with vulnerable adults in our community, in this case Parkview Day Centre

“It’s a win win situation because the runners get the motivation they need and the people they are partnered up with become in effect, their coaches. 

“The people the runners visit get some help in their home and a chat.  But they know they’re needed as coaches and motivators too. 

“GoodGym works for everyone involved so I’m really pleased that people in Solihull will soon be benefiting from this fantastic partnership.”

Founder Ivo Gormley began the social movement after finding he could combine exercise with delivering an elderly acquaintance’s newspaper.

“West Midlands Mayor Andy Street said: “Building strong and sustainable communities is central to the combined authority’s purpose and this project is a superb example of that.

“It is also in line with the ambitions set out in West Midlands on the Move, our physical activity strategy.

 “We are delighted to be working so closely with GoodGym and with Solihull on this initial pilot and would hope to roll out the scheme across the region.

This will be a project funded by the WMCA in partnership with Solihull Council and we intend to roll out in Coventry and Wolverhampton in the next 12 months.”

 

For more information see the video -  https://youtu.be/Yc1R7ELe_u4

Picture shows - L-R back -  Jo Richards and Emma Smith from Parkview Day Centre, L-R Front Alex Kenmure and Ivo Gormley from GoodGym, West Midlands Mayor Andy Street and Solihull Council’s cabinet member for Adult Social Care and Health Cllr Karen Grinsell

Name:
Email:
Subject:
Message:
x

«October 2018»
MonTueWedThuFriSatSun
2425
2261

Calling all litter pickers - look out for the Litter Picking Hubs

Love Solihull – Solihull Council’s environmental initiative – has launched a Litter Picking Hub window sticker scheme across the Borough.

Read more
26
2262

Run to help

West Midlands Mayor Andy Street joined GoodGym founder Ivo Gormley and Solihull Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, Cllr Karen Grinsell, to demonstrate this innovative scheme where runners exercise and do good deeds.

Read more
27282930
1
2264

Knockout support from JLR and Solihull Council

Staff from JLR and Solihull Council have stepped in to support Wayne Elcock’s Boxing Academy and make sure the gym can remain open and safe.

Read more
234
2268

Solihull successfully renews Fairtrade status

Solihull has successfully renewed its Fairtrade Borough status for two years, following its ongoing commitment to promoting Fairtrade principles. 

Read more
567
891011121314
15161718192021
22232425262728
2930311234
We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website.
If you continue to use the site, we'll assume you are happy to receive all cookies. For details, please see our privacy policy.