"It's our park, let's fix it!"

This #VolunteersWeek we're shining the light on the Friends of Hartcliffe Millennium Green, a volunteer-led group which was recently featured on BBC Countryfile.

The group is on a mission to change the narrative around the park for their local community in Hartcliffe. The park was neglected and anti social behaviour was occurring regularly.

In order to make the park more appealing and accessible, Your Park Bristol and Bath lent a helping hand by funding new tools through our Love Your Park Community Fund. These tools are now well used by four groups - the Bridge Learning Campus, Silva Care, Vision BAME and Roots to Wellbeing (our service for people feeling anxious, isolated or low - you can join here).

The volunteers have noticed significant changes and the park is more welcoming, antisocial behaviour has significantly reduced and people feel more confident about using the park. The community has a sense of pride about what they've achieved, and can.

The Friends have demonstrated what can be done with vision, determination and strong partnership working. Their advice to other groups wanting to do the same thing is "Go for it and ask for what you want."

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