Groundwork has today released its annual review for 2015-16.
The report, which highlights the impact of its work over the last 12 months, indicates how the £62million invested by the environmental charity has been spent to change places and lives across the UK.
Groundwork collectively improved or maintained 19.3 million square meters of land, helped 3,000 people into training, education or employment and supported 43,000 households with energy and water efficiency visits.
Graham Duxbury, Chief Executive of Groundwork UK, says that the charity’s founding principles of practical action and partnership working are just as relevant now, as they were 35 years ago when the first Groundwork Trust was established in Merseyside.
"Helping local authorities deliver more for less, equipping communities to take more control over their neighbourhoods and unblocking private resources to support public services were the priorities then. They’re also the priorities now.
"We’re making good progress. We’ve improved more green spaces than we planned in the last year and our Green Doctors are well on their way to bringing energy and water advice to more than 100,000 households and we are working steadily towards our target of helping 10,000 people progress into further education or work."
The review also tells the stories of various individuals who benefited from Groundwork’s work last year.
Sandra took part in Groundwork’s Roots to Wellbeing project in Warrington. Roots to Wellbeing supports people who are long-term unemployed to improve their health and help them find work.
Sandra said, "My life’s changed. I’m eating better. I feel better in myself, I’ve got money and I’m more independent. I’m now working. I’ve got a car, which is something I’ve never had. I’ve got money, which I’ve never had much of. Plus, I got to keep my house. At one time I could have been dead, but now I’m alive.
"Thank you to Groundwork for changing my life and giving me the confidence to take my life back. I want to get back to where I was. I know it will take time, but I will get there."
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