Groundwork has today released its 2017 annual review to showcase the achievements over the last 12 months that have helped to change places and lives across the UK.
The review highlights that over £84m has been invested in communities with 7,000 local community organisations been supported to help local neighbourhoods create better and greener spaces, improve their prospects and promote greener and living and working.
Over 4.5 million m2 of land has been improved in towns and cities across the UK and 13,000 trees have been planted for the benefit of both people and wildlife.
The charity has also worked with 1,200 schools over the last year through grant schemes and programmes and with 2,600 businesses through corporate volunteering opportunities with national and local organisations.
The review also takes stock of the 2020 targets set by Groundwork which currently show that 565,000 community action volunteer days have happened since 2015, more than 5,600 young people have benefitted from the help of our youth teams and programmes and over 2,500 public spaces have been improved - a figure that has already exceeded the original 2020 target.
The report also showcases the people behind the figures, including young people, Jordan and Megan who have overcome adversity and personal issues to get on track to a positive future, thanks to support from Groundwork projects. Keen horticulturist, Sue, 69, and Men in Shed’s volunteer, Keith, 79 have also shown that age is just a number after they both been involved in local projects run by Groundwork.
Speaking about the importance of Groundwork's impact on local communities, Graham Duxbury, CEO of Groundwork said:
Resilience needs to be the answer to ensure that communities can grow, both as socially and economically. This means fashioning an economy in which we are more self-reliant and supportive of local social enterprise and building communities where people of all backgrounds and all ages have their say, in order to unlock the time and talent needed to nurture vibrant community spaces and activities.
Read the full report below or click here to download a copy.