Groundwork is inviting community groups from across the UK to be a part of an extensive research project that aims to discover how, where and why community groups are taking action in their local area and identify what types of support is needed to upkeep their work.
The charity is calling upon responses from community groups whose work actively benefits local people, the local area or the local environment, examples including a community garden, a 'friends of' group supporting a local park or green space, a lunch club or befriending programme, a group running activities for health and wellbeing, a youth club, or community energy group.
The research will be collated through an online survey, open from now until Tuesday 28 May, combined with a interviews based on the initial findings. The results will be published in a report shedding light on what motivates people to get involved in local community action, the benefits of this and what support is needed in order for communities to effectively take action in their local area.
Graham Duxbury, national CEO of Groundwork said:
As our country heads into uncharted political and economic territory, ensuring that our communities are resilient and integrated will only become more important. There are numerous reports that highlight the benefits of involvement in voluntary activity to the local environment, community cohesion, and physical and mental wellbeing, yet spending on neighbourhood services has declined – and the impact has been most severe in the most deprived areas.
This is the ideal opportunity for community groups to have their say and shape a research project that will highlight the similar trends and needs of community groups across the UK and will help determine the type of support needed to ensure groups can continue to thrive.
For further information or queries about the 'Communities Taking Action' survey, please contact Fay Holland, Policy and Communications Executive at Groundwork on firstname.lastname@example.org.