SGOSF is an umbrella organisation that aims to give a collective voice to volunteers who are working on green and open spaces in the city of Sunderland. This includes parks, allotments, heritage sites, watercourses, community gardens and any other ‘green’ or ‘blue’ spaces.
Starting a Friends Group
Just as our neighbourhoods need residents’ groups and associations, so our parks need ‘Friends’! Its all about taking ‘ownership’ of our lives, our local facilities and our areas, and working together to improve where we live.
What does a strong and diverse Friends group look like and why is it important?
Why not get together with other users to form a local Friends group!
A sample constitution for a new friends group.
Green spaces need local people to use them, wisely and often. By forming a group, you can help sort out what needs to be done, identify needs and priorities for local people of all ages and backgrounds, understand the challenges and the opportunities, and form a practical partnership with your local authority.