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What we do: Improving people's prospects

Groundwork believes that no-one should be disadvantaged because of where they live or because of their background. We want to stop talent and lives from being wasted due to long-term unemployment, a lack of aspiration or poor health and wellbeing.

We provide a range of projects and services to help people improve their prospects. We have a particular focus on inspiring young people who face challenging circumstances and disadvantage in order to raise their aspirations, build self-confidence and help them plan for their future.

We believe that everyone should get a second chance and through our Blue Sky social enterprise, we provide a successful grounds maintenance service that is delivered by ex-offenders, breaking the cycle of re-offending and challenging the perceptions often given to ex-offenders. 

We also create projects - often connected to local green spaces - that tackle poor health and boost wellbeing. Examples include healthy eating and food growing projects, encouraging greater use of green space for physical activity and boosting mental wellbeing through providing activities that bring people together, bridging gaps between individuals of different ages and backgrounds to create stronger and more resilient communities.

Services include:

Employment Services Blue Sky North Youth mentoring and coaching

Groundwork in action:


Find out more about how we're bringing out the good inside with our latest employment initiative and social enterprise.

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Matthew's Story

Matthew secured full-time employment after spending three months with the SBS team on the Volunteer Project Assistant (VPA) Programme.

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Our Bright Future

Groundwork is working across the UK to deliver our part of 'Our Bright Future', a youth-led environmental programme that is designed to inspire the next generation of environment leaders.

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Paul's story

Paul had spent ten years in prison but was able to put his chaotic past behind him thanks to a job with Blue Sky

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Tom's story

Tom, an ex-offender, lacked work experience but found a new direction thanks to two of our programmes.

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Achievement Coaching - Tom and Claire's stories

Tom and Claire both improved their exam prospects thanks to our Achievement Coaches.

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Paula's story

"Having the focus of the garden is helping me on my road to recovery – it’s my sanctuary!"

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Ryan's story

"It really shows that if you make the most of a work placement and show that you are hardworking you are more likely to get a full time job out of it."

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