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    Based on the Government’s “roadmap” we can go back to volunteering again from Monday 29th March!

    We are all looking forward to getting back to those jobs we can see building up. However, you and your volunteers need to feel safe – so only return to volunteering when you feel comfortable doing so. You might want to start small with some litter picking with the regulars before you start inviting more people to join you.

    We have updated the Covid-19 Safe Operating Policy and Risk Assessment used by the Friends of Cotteridge Park on our Toolkit page.
    You can adapt these templates to fit your site and they can be seen by clicking the links.  The risk assessment should be used before each volunteering session.  The policy can be used for the group to decide how they want to work.

    If you have any questions contact BOSF or your Park Manager or Ranger



    Coffee Mornings and Tea Time socials


    It has been great to see so many of you at our online Coffee Mornings and Tea Times. They are a good opportunity to meet and chat with other parks volunteer Friends Groups around Birmingham, share news, and we can help to answer your questions too! We are also regularly joined by staff and members of parks and open spaces organisations, giving updates and sharing news about new opportunities for volunteers to get involved with. 


    For our next afternoon social, we will be hosting an online Tea Time – Wednesday 9th June Tea Time at 4pm.

    Click here to join the Zoom meeting


    Our next Coffee Morning will be at Ten Acres in Stirchley on Monday 21st June at 11am. (This will also be streamed online via Zoom.)

    Meet at River Brook Medical Centre on Cartland Road, Stirchley B30 2SH for 11am. We will then walk into the site and sit around the campfire for a chance to socialise and to speak to the local volunteers. Refreshments will be available; tea, coffee, biscuits and even some toasted marshmallows.

    There will then be a tour around the site hosted by the Friends of Ten Acres to highlight the work done, how it is achieved and why certain conservation decisions have been made in the area. 

    If you are interested in joining us for this coffee morning, please email [email protected] and also mention if you need a camp chair to sit on rather than a log. 


    Tai Chi in parks


    Great news, with lockdown restriction changing, Tai Chi sessions are now taking place outdoors again from the 29th March 2021!   
    Tai Chi is a gentle exercise that combines breathing and relaxation with slow movements, proven to have benefits for both physical and mental health. No previous experience is necessary and it’s free – so why not give it a go?

    Have a look at the listings below to see when and where these weekly sessions are taking place:
    Kings Heath Park, 10-11am
    Stirchley Park, 1.30-2.30pm
    Perry Hall Park, 10-11am
    Cotteridge Park, 10.30-11.30am
    Westley Vale, 10-11am
    Kings Norton Park, 12-1pm
    Bournville Park, 12-1pm
    Billesley Common, 2-3pm

    Please email [email protected] for more info.