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Sunderland Green and Open Spaces Forum (SGOSF) is an umbrella organisation that aims to give a collective voice to volunteers who are working on green and open spaces in the city of Sunderland.  This includes parks, allotments, heritage sites, watercourses, community gardens and any other ‘green’ or ‘blue’ spaces.

The Forum came together in the Spring of 2017, as groups across the city are facing a number of challenges.  Coming together as a group we  can share ideas, knowledge, support each other, create new partnerships, and hopefully have more influence on decision making across the city.  It should also make it easier to contact each other and make communications between groups easier.

The Benefits are:

  • Providing help in setting up a Friends Group
  • Develop and share good practice among the membership
  • Help to strengthen local organisations by having a co-operative and                   coordinating function
  • Providing a first point of contact for groups who wish to highlight issues
  • Influence and shape green and open space decision making in the city and, as appropriate, regionally and nationally
  • Alert and respond to issues impacting on open spaces in the city
  • Sharing Equipment
  • Create new partnerships
  • Sharing ideas
  • Increase lobbying power
  • Group Funding Bids