WHAT DO FRIENDS GROUPS DO?
All groups get involved in some kind of fundraising… This could be through events in or out of parks, individual fundraising activity or grants. Although parks services are run by Torbay Council, local friends groups usually have a vision or a “shopping list” of extras they would like: resources or equipment which would improve the park or green space and add to the enjoyment of those using it. This might include improved aspects such as signage, extra play equipment, nature projects or education resources.
Friends groups may provide practical activity, such as hosting or supporting events in their local park, holding community consultation, working with other local organisations and projects, such as Play Torbay or Torbay’s Buzzing to develop exciting new programmes of work. You can get as involved as you like.
1.Do a bit of research
Is there already a group which covers your park? Would your friends and neighbours like to get involved?
How close is your nearest existing friends group? Get in touch with them via your Green Spaces Project Manager, as they will be able to help you.
If possible, attend one of their events or meetings and chat with the coordinator and other members to get some tips.
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