Ealing Council announced last year it was establishing a parks foundation which will work collaboratively alongside the Council in the future management and maintenance of Ealing’s parks and open spaces. It will operate as a charitable organisation, complete with input from residents, friend’s groups and a board of trustees. The Ealing Parks Foundation is now looking to proceed to the next stage of establishing by recruiting charity trustees.
The plans put active citizenship at the heart of future decision making and aims to encourage volunteering and the use of the borough’s green spaces for a multitude of activities that will help local communities stay healthy and active. The Foundation will also have a big say in the preservation, conservation and protection of local parks, particularly through community engagement projects. We at SWLEN are very excited about this approach, this parks foundation will be the first in London and will be keenly watched by other councils and funders.
Councillor Mik Sabiers, cabinet member for environment and highways said: “The creation of the Ealing Parks Foundation is hugely positive for our wonderful green spaces and the local communities that value them so highly.
The foundation gives local residents, communities, and friend’s groups a real say in how get the best out of their parks and will also be able to secure new opportunities as a charitable organisation.
The council is already developing a range of activities to encourage active citizenship across our parks, from planting and maintaining flowerbeds to regular events to help local people keep fit.
Parks can play a vital role in supporting and improving community life and these plans will see opportunities for everything from food growing and gardening, to arts activities and improving habitats for local wildlife.”
The Ealing Parks Foundation is now looking to recruit trustees and will be working towards registration as a charity in late spring (2019). Please find below the role criteria for trustees, Memorandum and Articles of the Foundation and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).
Applications should be made via email to Chris Bunting, Assistant Director, Parks and Leisure at Ealing Council on firstname.lastname@example.org including your completed application form detailing how you meet or exceed the specification and your CV. The deadline for applications has now been extended to midnight on 20th May 2019.