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Groundwork blog

This blog explores topical issues from a range of themes close to our hearts. Posts are by experts from Groundwork and other like minded organisations. One week it might be sustainability, another it might might be youth work or green space. Whatever it is it will be thought-provoking.




Getting a good deal for communities

The vast majority of people still live their lives within 15 miles of where they were born and, for all its benefits, social media serves to polarise and tribalise as much as it connects and integrates. The question is: how do we create thriving communities with the limited resources that are available?

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The role of people power in tackling loneliness

Cynics could say that 'The Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds' is 'just' a television programme - it’s so much more than that.

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Getting your good news in the press – tips of the trade for community groups

This guide provides a plan of action for getting your community group in the media, as well as answering any questions you may have about press releases, journalists and embargos!

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Why we need young people friendly #InclusiveSpaces

'But why should young people care about the patch of grass at the end of their road? It’s a question we asked our young ambassadors and their response was clear and compelling'

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A recipe for stronger communities

While eating a tasty samosa, our comms officer Ben had a thought: perhaps parks are the overlooked ingredient in creating thriving communities.

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The NHS is 70. What should it be doing at 100?

'As we mark the 70th anniversary of this radical social innovation, we should note the signs of optimism that, as a society, we’re getting to grips with what it means to prioritise wellbeing'

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Get in the know: Kevin Jennings - BBO Learning Mentor

'The main highlight is getting people back into work in a job that they are happy with, that makes a difference to their life.'

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Why it’s not just children that stand to benefit from outdoor learning

'The therapeutic role that the outdoors and nature can play to help our mental state and general wellbeing is paramount, both in and outside school gates.'

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The benefits of greening your work place

'By introducing natural materials, light, views, and plants into the modern workplace concentration levels will increase, employees will feel more relaxed and be happier and more productive.'

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Creating space for community

'Cuts in neighbourhood management and community development budgets make it harder to provide the infrastructure support needed to ensure effective engagement - but it’s vital that we do.'

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Communities are the key to happiness

'Happiness can be charted and analysed globally but only experienced and shared by individuals.'

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How to spruce up your garden this spring

Blog post by Groundwork's Health, Wellbeing and Community Ambassador, Mark Lane.

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