Get involved in community

December 20 2016

LOCAL organisations have been expanding their roles within the community, taking on work to improve the area (see Bishopston councillors' article, p23).

LOCAL organisations have been expanding their roles within the community, taking on work to improve the area (see Bishopston councillors' article, p23).  

The Bishopston Society is looking to build on its role and reputation to see if it can act as an umbrella organisation for the area bringing together different people and groups.

The Friends of Horfield Common have taken on the task of improving this much loved green space. They’ve opened the Café on the Common with great success, and are leading Project Ardagh, which plans to take over the management and renovation of the Ardagh site at minimal cost to the council.

Also, on the subject of parks, the Friends of Ashley Down Green have been undertaking a planting programme, taking the strain from the council.

Whilst they’re part of the council’s Neighbourhood Partnership structure, the Bishopston, Cotham and Redland Street Scene group is always hard at work improving the area by removing litter, graffiti and the like. They work in complement with other organisations, such as Bristol Waste, BT, Royal Mail and the Universities, using relatively little money from the council for great rewards.

Finally, the former Eastville Library building has been taken over by local residents to become a true community hub, with a cafe, library space, workshops & activities, an edible garden, play space and hire room, all run by volunteers!

If you would like to get involved with one of your local community groups contact them using the details on their website. Volunteers are always welcome and this is a great way to give back to the community.