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30 years in the North East

2015 marks the 30th year that Groundwork has been inspiring change and supporting communities in the North East.

Groundwork’s first North East Trust was set up in 1985 to meet the needs of communities suffering as a result of the pit closures in East Durham. Over the next twenty years other Trusts were established in West Durham, South Tyneside, Middlesbrough and then Northumberland. In 2009 following a merger, Groundwork North East was created bringing together the delivery of over 350 projects per year that continue to help improve the quality of people’s lives, their prospects and potential, and the places where they live, work and play.  

In October 2010 Cumbria officially became part our operational area making us Groundwork NE & Cumbria.

Now, as then, we continue to take positive steps and build partnerships that lead to Groundwork NE & Cumbria changing places and changing lives.

To mark our special year, we have commissioned a celebratory video which touches on how the organisation has impacted a variety of different people in different ways across the North East.