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  • Love Your Green Space

    Our ‘green infrastructure’ is as vital to our quality of life as our transport, power or digital networks. Research has found that the act of gardening can fulfill every essential human need across four the existential states of being, doing, having and interacting.

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  • Groundwork West Midlands supply funding to recycle food waste

    Groundwork, West Midlands have supplied the funding for two small composters which will be fed a mixed diet of garden waste and food waste left over by a local café which already runs off food waste from supermarkets! The rich compost produced will be fed straight back into the greenhouses and beds on site and managed by volunteers. The projects aim is to encourage healthy living and is part of a whole web of projects all over Birmingham.

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  • Groundwork ‘gold star’ for corporate volunteers

    Groundwork is celebrating the work of a range of corporate volunteers with a dedicated week (8-12 August) honouring their commitment to helping create cleaner, greener places across the UK.

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  • Work for Groundwork West Midlands

    At Groundwork West Midlands, we take our responsibilities to our staff very seriously. We are accredited by Investors in People, which means a career with us will provide you with lots of opportunities for training and personal development. After all our work focuses on changing lives we want to help people change their own work lives for the better as well.

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  • How volunteering at Groundwork West Mid's has helped me find my hidden talents

    Lauren’s experience at Groundwork has culminated in her creation of an interactive Landscape Improvement Toolkit, for the use by members of the Landscape Design Team in Staffordshire University; adapted for use by many other spheres within the workplace or industry.

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  • Sustainable Education with Plum

    'Over the years I have been very fortunate to work with countless schools and hundreds of children and young people. Whether this be in a garden, at the farm, park, woodland, canal or even spraying Yellow Fish on the roadside! Groundwork has given me the great opportunity of being able to deliver learning in the best classroom, the outdoor one and this is why my role has been so fulfilling and rewarding.'

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  • Groundwork response to PAC report on Government’s Green Deal

    “There is now a significant body of research which says that practical advice and support from trusted, impartial local sources can go a long way to ensuring a sustainable change in behavior and putting more people in control of their energy use" Says Graham Duxbury, Groundwork UK, CEO

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  • Maria's Story

    Groundwork West Midlands are one of the highest performing work programme providers in the West Midlands and everyday we support customers into employment by identifying barriers and empowering them to overcome limitations. Just read Maria's story!

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  • Groundwork West Midlands wins Heritage Lottery Fund

    Groundwork West Midlands receives a £57,200 grant for the Silverdale Our Story project to reveal the hidden heritage of Silverdale Country Park, home to one of the last coal mines in North Staffordshire. Memories of local people who worked in or visited the park during its transformation into a nature reserve will be recorded, before the stories are turned into an exciting new park trail and app.

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  • Louise's story

    Louise has been volunteering at Silverdale Country Park for over four years. Since retiring, volunteering with Groundwork has had huge benefits to Louise’s health and wellbeing and allowed her to continue supporting the local community.

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  • How nature can enhance your sense of wellbeing

    As part of NHS England’s ‘Five Year Forward View’, huge emphasis has been put on the importance of getting people to talk about their mental wellbeing in a frank and honest way.

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  • 'Cook & Eat' in Staffordshire: a reflection

    We live in a society that’s reliant on fast food, carbonated drinks and convenience foods all of which are high in fat, sugar and salt. We are constantly warned of the threat of type 2 diabetes, tooth decay and obesity but can we honestly discern between the food and drink that is better for us and more importantly, the proportions and portions we should eat them in? This course enables them to make that choice.

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  • Get Active in Stratford this summer!

    Come and join Groundwork’s Active Youth team for some fun (and free!) holiday activities! Activities will include fun outdoor games and sports, as well as learning to cook healthy and delicous food! Sessions are open to young people aged 10-16 and will be held every Monday and Wednesday from 11am – 2pm over the school summer holidays at the Ken Kennett Centre on Justins Avenue CV37 0DA.

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  • Creating a new generation of young green leaders

    The benefits that high quality, accessible green infrastructure brings to local communities have been well proven. Green spaces provide neighbourhoods with a place for social interaction, a space for physical activity, a sanctuary to support mental wellbeing to name but a few.

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  • The power of the community volunteer

    'After meeting the volunteers, what really stood out to me was the true commitment and dedication that they all had to ensuring that Silverdale was maintained for the whole community. Feeling part of a community is obviously something that spurs on the volunteers to keep up their hard work.'

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