The volunteers are friends you have not yet met, but they are the people you recognise from around your local area. Helping out at YOUR local park and at community events is a great way to meet members of the local community.
"Volunteers are not paid because they are worthless, but because they are priceless."
>>> Biodiversity - Group
This group is responsible for the natural well being and all aspects of nature in our park. They undertake general maintenance tasks, planting of bulbs and plants and help to maintain and tidy trees and hedges.
There are often new projects to work on and extra support is always welcome. If you have an interest in gardening, nature and wildlife of all kinds, this group would be especially suitable for you.
>>> Gardening, Clean Team & Maintenance Crew
The improved cleanliness of the park has proven to be one of the key issues that people have responded to and it is this group who are mainly responsible for that improvement.
Litter picking is undertaken at different times.
Some of the group work on a daily or weekly basis and in addition there is the chance to join together on Sundays once a week in the summer months and monthly in the winter to ensure that everything is as clean as possible and that any problem areas are identified and dealt with.
Bags and litter picking tools can be provided as required.
The Clean Team also help with general maintenance and operate a rota for locking and unlocking the park gates where required.
>>> Healthy Harrow Weald Group
Regular Tai Chi sessions are already held in the park and a group for walkers is due to start later this year. In addition, there are plans to proceed with Yoga classes, self defence sessions and a cycle group, all of which need help to organise .
>>> Crime or Antisocial
Many people in the local community have an interest in not just the park, but the entire local area.
We are all concerned to create and maintain a safe and friendly environment.
Members of the Friends’ group work with the aim of improving and finding solutions to any antisocial behaviour or crime in the area.
Learning from previous successes, we have helped to improve areas of the park for the better, but there is always more to do. Members of this group take responsibility for liaising with the police and raising awareness amongst the group and the local community concerning any problems.
>>> Event Organisers Group
Ranging from Murder Mystery nights, through to dog shows and afternoons in the park listening to music.
Each year we hold many community events which have been run and organised by volunteers. This group take responsibility for health and safety and maintaining the documentation required when holding these events.
Volunteers also need to be organised to take part in these events and new events created and planned. On occasion as many as 15 people are needed to run an event and this group will always welcome additional help.
>>> History Harrow Weald
The Harrow Weald park area is steeped in history, and, since forming, the Group has become aware of some interesting information. The site of the tennis courts in the park was once the location of a shed. Our bowling club is over 130 years old.
Silver Close was named after the developer who built most of our houses in the 1930s.
These are just a few snippets of information and there are many more. If you are interested in the history of Harrow Weald and would like to build an online resource for public use, please let us know. If you have any interesting facts about the area or have pictures to share, we would be delighted to see them.
>>> Learning and sharing information
We have a number of groups aimed at sharing and learning, including mastering gardening skills to teaching others various cooking skills. These events will be open to all who are interested and are expected to start in late 2019.
This group provide support on administration and help to coordinate schedules, licences, grants and maintain liaison with the council and the public.
The important issues of safety and insurance, ensuring compliance requirements are met and that figures are in order is also part of this group’s remit.
As the Friends Group expands there is a growing need for administration support and volunteers are welcomed.
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Younger members are encouraged to get involved to enable the local residents from across the generations to embrace all of our ideas, which is all of our future!