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About Groundwork

White arrowGroundwork is a charity working to transform lives in the UK’s most disadvantaged communities.

We’re passionate about creating a future where every neighbourhood is vibrant and green, every community is strong and able to shape its own destiny and no-one is held back by their background or circumstances.

We help people gain confidence and skills, get into training and work, protect and improve green spaces, lead more active lives and overcome significant challenges such as poverty, isolation, low skills and poor health.


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Why our work is needed

The people behind the film

From Dan in Peterborough turning his life around through our Green Team programme, to Maeve in Belfast helping to break down barriers between communities, our Community Spirit film features real people and projects. Watch the films below to hear their stories:

The UK is one of the richest nations in the world yet many people in many communities face significant hardship.

  • Continued reductions in public spending mean there is a risk of greater social inequality and greater geographic disparity as services people rely on are cut.
  • The neighbourhood services that enhance our quality of life – from youth clubs to parks – will feel the brunt of spending reductions.
  • As our economy and welfare system change, some people in some parts of the country will remain marginalised and vulnerable.
  • Environmental impacts – from flooding to energy price rises – will impact disproportionately on those who have least protection.

Addressing these challenges will require new ideas and approaches engaging communities and businesses as well as new forms of public service delivery.

Groundwork was established at a time of political, social and economic challenge as an experiment to help communities cope with change and work together to make their lives and neighbourhoods better. That experience and that spirit of enterprise and innovation have never been more needed.

What drives us is the recognition that in every community – however disadvantaged – there are deep reserves of pride in the local area and people with the passion and ideas to improve their circumstances and surroundings.

Groundwork exists to harness that pride and unlock that passion through services, projects and programmes that change people’s lives now but also make our communities more resilient for the future.

The change we deliver

We know that many people face multiple challenges – living in isolation or with significant health issues in communities with few facilities and limited employment prospects.

We work with partners to address these challenges in three ways.

We improve people’s prospects

By increasing the confidence, skills, wellbeing and employability of those struggling in education or out of work.

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We create better places

By making communities greener, safer and healthier and by enabling people to work together to bring about change in their local area.

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We promote greener living and working

To help people and businesses reduce their environmental impact, improve their health, cut waste and save money.

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Find out more about our work

Our impact

We help people across the UK to carry out thousands of projects each year. Learn about the facts and figures behind the impact that they have.

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Our 2020 pledges

By 2020 Groundwork has pledged to improve people's prospects, create better places and promote greener living and working

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Project showcase

Groundwork works with communities to make thousands of projects a reality every year. Here's just a taste.

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Groundwork was established over three decades ago as a radical experiment to bring together communities, businesses and government.

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My Groundwork story

Hear stories about places and lives that we have changed for the better.

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Major Projects

Learn more about our major projects and partnerships.

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