Want to get more involved in your community? Through active parks, you can help care for the parts of our borough we all love – our local parks and green spaces. Better yet, why not get your friends and family together to get involved – after all, when we make the most of our combined resources we are better together.

Where can I volunteer?

There are already several organisations and groups that look after a variety of green spaces and community gardens across Ealing – take a look at these below. 

Get Active litter-picking

Litter picking is easy and just 2 minutes of your time will make a difference, which is why we have put 2 Minute Litter Pick boards in 30 popular parks. Stocked with litter-picking tools, you can help collect unsightly litter and make a positive change to your environment.

Litter picking with Plog-alution! Take a guided 5k run or 2k walk and pick up litter as you go. We have a Plog each month in 2019 taking place in different parks and routes around Ealing. 

Earn while you pick with the BetterPoints App. This free App rewards you with points when you’re active and when you litter pick. BetterPoints can then be redeemed for high street shop vouchers or donated to your favourite charity. The more you earn, the more you can spend!

Start your own Friends group or green space project

Do you have an idea for volunteering, or a place or idea you’re passionate about? You can set up a Friends group of your own just like Friends of Horsenden Hill or Friends of Pitzhanger Manor & Gallery and Walpole Park, who welcome volunteers to join their events and activities. 

We can give you information and support to help you set up, run and build a group: from developing a committee structure, risk assessments, funding through to promotion on social media and project management, we can guide you.

Don’t forget, to grow your group and attract new members, you will need to find ways to promote your events and activities. We have found one of the most effective ways to do this is to create a Facebook page for your group. The Ealing Wildlife group was independently set up purely through setting up a Facebook page and now has attracted a large amount of members.

Corporate volunteering

Corporate volunteering is a great way for employees to benefit from working in a natural environment away from the stress of the everyday office life. Team building activities and projects will give your staff the opportunity to learn new skills, motivate team development and enhance working relationships. The day will be fun, physical (tailored to your capabilities) and engaging, as well as benefiting wildlife and improving our parks and green spaces. To find out more, contact parks@ealing.gov.uk.

Check out the below list of opportunities for you to learn new skills, meet new friends, keep fit, enjoy the great outdoors and do something positive to help your local environment.