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Community garden flourishes with help from fun runners

Community garden flourishes with help from fun runners

A year after their first gardening project, a group of local fun runners have returned to Lavender Court to help residents’ transform their garden and make new friendships.

GoodGym Group Runs take place weekly in Barnsley, where a group of fun runners have been running to and from our supported housing scheme to lend a helping hand – showing how fitness and community spirit can work hand in hand.

Since their visits last year, when the residents and runners cleared an overgrown patch of garden for vegetables and created a flower patch, the residents are now reaping the benefits of their home grown vegetable patch.

The residents have grown a variety of vegetables over the past year, which have been used for cooking in the communal kitchen. As we say goodbye to winter, the fun runners have spent more time this year helping the residents to turn over soil and prepare the vegetable patch for more planting this year.

After the success of the gardening activities, the group have organised a social games evening with the local residents, where they hope intergenerational activities will help to combat social isolation.

Grace Feeney, Trainer at GoodGym Barnsley, said: “One of GoodGym’s key aims is to reduce loneliness and isolation in the older generation, by reconnecting them with society and younger generations. At GoodGym Barnsley, we are hoping to do so by holding a special social games evening with Lavender Court residents. If the event is a success we will definitely look forward to returning!”

Daniel Gormanly, Extra Care Scheme Manager at Lavender Court, said: “Good Gym have been a breath of fresh air at Lavender Court and have assisted with a variety of tasks in the gardens. Residents are looking forward to the new initiative of a games evening and welcome this intergenerational project.”

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