For anyone interested in joining or understanding the groups created by the Friends, an outline is provided here.
We hope you might feel inspired to join and to help your local community.
>>> BIODIVERSITY GROUP
This group is responsible for the natural wellbeing of nature in our parks. They undertake general maintenance tasks including planting bulbs and plants, and helping to tidy and maintain the 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 suited to you.
>>> 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 and some of the group work on a daily or weekly basis.
In addition, there is the chance to join together once a month on a Sunday morning to ensure that everything is as clean as possible and that any problem areas are identified and dealt with.
Why not join the ‘Sunday Breakfast Not in Bed’ session? It starts at 10.00am on a Sunday monthly, meeting at the Friends’ hut. Bags and litter picking tools are 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 GROUPS
Regular Tia Chi sessions are already held in the park and a walking group. Plans to start Yoga classes, self-defence sessions and a cycle group are also underway.
If you want to join or can help teach, run or set up any healthy groups to broaden our offer, we’d love to hear from you.
>>> CRIME AND ANTSOCIAL TEAM
Many people in the local community have an interest that spans both the parks and the entire local area. We are seeking to create and maintain a safe and friendly environment. Members of this group work with the aim of improving and finding solutions to any antisocial behaviour or crime in the area.
We are learning from our successes and 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 wider group and the local community concerning any problems that arise.
>>> EVENT ORGANISERS CREW GROUP AND TEAMS
Our active year of many community events is overseen, run and organised by volunteers. This group take responsibility for organising everything involved in the events, including managing the health and safety and arranging the required documentation for holding these events.
Volunteers also need to be organised to take part in these events, as well as to create and plan new events. On occasion as many as 15 people are needed to run an event and this group always welcome additional help.
>>> HISTORY HARROW
The Harrow Weald park area is steeped in history. 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 pictures to share or any interesting facts about the area, we would be delighted to see and hear them.
>>> OPEN SOURCE SOFTWARE LEARNING AND SHARING INFORMATION (And what are they)
We have some members who understand the powerful nature of opensource software, and the community spirit this area of business creates. Jugs, Wugs and Tugs are user groups set up to share free information and teach each other new skills. Subjects covered: all open source, Joomla, Wordpress, Virtuemart. wp-includes - wp-includes - t3-assets
Please contact us for more details.
>>> LOCAL BUSINESS GROUP
Local Businesses and individuals have already provided welcome support, offering their skills and providing much needed financial help.
This has allowed the group to continue with our important work since forming in September 2017. There is much more planned for the future, but to achieve these goals we need to raise funds and gain further support and momentum.
Volunteers in this group help to communicate with local businesses, to make them aware of our projects and goals. They also make businesses aware of the free services we offer and help build long term mutually beneficial partnerships.
If you are a local business and would like to work in partnership with us through providing skills, expertise, volunteers or donations, please let us know and we will put you in touch with our Local Business working group.
This group provide the essential support needed to manage the administration functions of the charity. They help to coordinate schedules, licences, grants and liaise 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 groups remit.
As the Friends Group expands, there is a growing need for further administration support and volunteers are very much welcomed.