ACT is a small charity, community anchor organisation, and social enterprise which works to improve access to, and the quality of, facilities available at The Ardagh for use by everyone. 

ACT’s work focuses on our local communities’ wellbeing; every donation supports us to continue our work on a wide range of community-led projects, for the benefit of all who live and work in the Horfield Common area.

Update to our current fundraiser to improve access, repair the paths and install basketball nets!

Please click on the image to the left to go through to the Crowdfunder website where you can make a pledge to support our fundraiser to make improvements to the paths around the site, install basketball nets and donate towards the cost of creating a Changing Places facility at the Ardagh site.  

If we can raise £10,000 by the 2nd November 2022, Crowdfunder will match this so we will also be able to install new basketball nets on the currently disused sports court.

Latest information: by the 11th November 2022 we’d raised £10,850 with 306 supporters in 37 days. But as every pound matters, we’re continuing to collect donations from supporters.

If we are able to raise additional funding beyond the £20,000 target, this money will be used to contribute to the costs of providing a Changing Places facility at the Ardagh site.

Donations to support our work are very welcome and very much appreciated. 

Donations can be made to ACT at any time here or in person at the Café on the Common. All donations are highly valued. 

We appreciate your support and welcome all contributions.

Personal Info

Donation Total: £10.00

We could not have coped [during lockdown] without access to have a coffee, walk round gardens & play.

Great to have cafe and lots of benches. Love new willow dog free area (little one doesn't like dogs). Flowers always looking lovely. Really helpful to have loos to use.

Children and Young People

ACT is developing a range of activities and facilities in response to existing and emerging need in our local area. 


We work with partners including The Outdoors Project Bristol, Hideaway Forest School, Rock Out Baby, Children’s Scrapstore and many more to deliver high quality play and activities provision for children and families including Ofsted-registered childcare and informal parent and child activities. 


ACT provides volunteering placements for young people including those taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme at local schools. 

ACT works closely with local partners including 91st Bristol Scouts, SEND-A-Welcome, Horfield Welly Toddler Group and others to support increased use of The Ardagh by local people of all ages. 


ACT’s Gardening Volunteer group grow vegetables in raised planting beds for use in the Café and for donation to Family Food Action (FFA) which is on site weekly on Tuesdays. 

Fresh vegetables grown on site are donated by FFA to partners for distribution to families in need in our local area.


ACT works in partnership with Playful Bristol – whose support we are very grateful for – and is developing a range of play activities and facilities which respond to existing and emerging need in our local area. 

We work with partners across the city to ensure that we are able to provide activities for local children and families. 

How we use your donations

Ardagh Community Trust values every donation made to support our work.

This page includes information about a wide range of projects that your donations have generously supported to date.

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Below are some examples of projects we are currently fundraising for:

  • A Changing Places facility to enable all of our local community to use and enjoy the site and the wider park.
  • Improvements to the sports courts to enable them to be used for a wide range of sports, leisure, health, wellbeing, arts and performance activities.
  • Improvements to paths and installation of new ramps to improve access. 

If you would like to make a donation to support our work, it will be highly valued and very much appreciated. Please get in touch if you would like further information about any of these projects. Contact





Site maintenance presents the charity with a considerable cost per year – excluding the amount for any significant improvements to the quality of facilities at the site.  ACT works hard to fundraise for these from external bodies. The public toilets, for example  cost approx. £30,000 per year to clean, maintain and keep supplied with soap etc. These facilities are crucial to ensure that all members of our local and wider community are able to enjoy The Ardagh and the surrounding public park.

Older People

ACT works in partnership with organisations citywide to provide activities and opportunities for older people who live locally. Volunteers from AGE UK Bristol deliver free Tai-Chi sessions 3 x per week; there are a range of groups which run weekly, gardening and volunteering opportunities, Repair Café and site maintenance – as well as Move to your Mood sessions and more! 


ACT provides space for volunteering activities for local groups including Family Food Action, Age UK Bristol and others, as well as hosting a fantasic team of volunteers who support activities, steward events, help maintain the site, manage and maintain the beautiful gardens, fix items at the Repair Café and much more! Without volunteers the organisation would not be able to provide the range of activities and opportunities it does. Thank you to every one who is working as a volunteer to support others locally. 


ACT is committed to improving the quality of the facilities at the Ardagh for people and for wildlife. Since securing the lease for the site in 2019, volunteers have created new planting beds, including large swathes of grassed areas which are now covered in pollinators. ACT has secured grant funding to enable us to improve the amount of rainwater capture we are able to use to water the gardens, create our own compost and reduce waste. 

I love having a community centre that has lots of outdoor space and close to home. The beautiful flowers always cheer me up.

The café is fantastic and the grounds are lovingly cared for. You’ve done an amazing job!

Kerry, Local Resident