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Groundwork announces community awards finalists

Posted on 05 October 2017

Groundwork has today revealed the final 30 community groups in line to receive a national award in recognition of their work in making their local area better places to live.  

The Groundwork Community Awards were launched by the charity earlier this year to honour small community groups making a big difference to everyone’s quality of life in their local area and to celebrate and reward groups who often get little recognition and support.

The awards received over 250 nominations in its inaugural year, reflecting the huge diversity of projects and services being delivered by community volunteers.  

Submissions were assessed by a panel of independent experts with finalists being invited to attend a national awards ceremony in central London next month.

Groundwork Community Awards finalists:

Best community group contribution to health and wellbeing

  • Core Landscapes (London), Helping Hands (Portsmouth), Mudlarks Community Garden (Hertford)

Best community group contribution to environmental sustainability

  • Community Furniture Aid (Bridgend), Little Village (London), Tuppeny Barn Education (Southbourne)

Best community group contribution to community cohesion

  • Friends of Sandringham Park (Wetherby), Our Place (London), Tomorrow’s Women Wirral (Birkenhead) 

Best community group contribution to education or employment

  • Ackworth Community Library (Pontefract), FEAT Trading CIC (Glenrothes), Ramsey Neighbourhood Trust (Ramsey) 

Best community project on a social housing estate

  • Ark Community Gardens (Newcastle), OASIS Community Church, Centre & Gardens (Worksop), Possibilities for Each and Every Kid (Glasgow) 

Best community partnership with business

  • Chelmsford Foodbank (Chelmsford), Silverline Memories (Newcastle), Willesden Green Town Team (London) 

Best community garden or green space

  • ActivLives (Ipswich), Blackhill’s Growing (Glasgow), Saunders Park Edible Garden (Brighton) 

Community group of the year – all round achievement award

  • Community Furniture Aid (Bridgend), Love Old Trafford (Manchester), Shadforth Community Association (Durham), 

The winners of two individual awards - Young Community Leader of the Year and Community Leader of the Year - will be announced during the ceremony. 

The Groundwork Community Awards are sponsored by Tesco, Marks & Spencer and Buzzacot with support also provided by: Firmdale Hotels, Skanska, GVA, One Stop, greenspace scotland, Fields in Trust, Centre for Sustainable Healthcare, Ambition, PWC, Clarion Housing and Balfour Beatty. 

For further information, contact Garry Campbell, Groundwork UK Communications Manager on 0121 2368565.