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Groundwork Northern Ireland celebrates 25th Anniversary Event in the Long Gallery at Stormount

Groundwork NI is a not-for-profit regional organisation that designs and delivers community-based projects that promote environmental improvement and community regeneration. The organisation works to transform space into a green vibrant environment for the benefit of all. Groundwork staff are experts in supporting community consultation, building community capacity, developing cohesion and improving public spaces.

The organisation has just celebrated its 25th anniversary and held an event at the Long Gallery in Stormount. The event was attended by Minsters, MLA’s, Councillors, the business sector and other community & voluntary organisations to recognise the support they have given Groundwork Northern Ireland over the last 25 years, enabling us to achieve the great projects we have delivered for communities on the ground. It will also marks the starting point for the next four years. 

Groundwork NI’s core pledge for 2016 - 2020 is to:

IMPROVE PEOPLE'S PROSPECTS:  by increasing the confidence, skills, well-being and employability of those furthest removed from the labour market, in particular young people.

CREATE BETTER PLACES: by helping people work together to make their surroundings greener, safer and healthier and get involved in the way decisions are made about services in their area.

PROMOTE GREENER LIVING AND WORKING: by helping people learn more about their environmental impact and act responsibly to reduce natural resource use.  

Groundwork NI will fulfil this pledge by working alongside Government, the public & private sectors, and other community & voluntary organisations to focus on the following:

-    Deliver Education & Training courses that enable people & communities to develop to their full potential & build their capacity;   
-    Actively promote the benefits of a diverse society & sharing space;
-    Teach people how to lead healthier and more active lives;
-    Support people to live & work sustainably while protecting the environment

Key messages:

-    We support the transformation of space through community consultation and expert planning

-    With 25 years’ experience of creating better spaces, promoting greener living and building community cohesion, we improve people’s lives

-    We co-design and co-deliver outdoor spaces, buildings, play parks and sports facilities which benefit community mental and physical health and wellbeing

Guests attending the Groundwork NI celebratory event in the Long Gallery, Stormount

Guest speaker Liam McDonald from Alpha Resource Management

Guest speaker Nelson McCausland MLA 

Guest speaker Andrew Dougal from the Public Health Agency

Guest speaker Steven Agnew MLA with Groundwork NI CEO Paula Quigley and Councillor Ross Brown


Amoung guests attending the event were Grainne Killen and Donna Blaney from OFMDFM

Groundwork NI Board members Leonard Sproule, Thomas McKenna and Chair of the Board Paul Priestly

Amoung guests attending were Dr Jennie Donald pictured signing the Groundwork NI pledge

Guests could also take home a Groundwork NI goody bag containing salad leaves and jam with a herb pot of either Lemon Verbena or Chocolate Mint from the community gardens.


Proposed Developments for Duncans Glen Park, Lisburn

Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council have drawn up plans to develop the land north of the existing Duncan’s Park reservoir in North Lisburn.  This is the area of land between the Stockdam Road, Duncan’s Road, Magheralave Road & Derriaghy Road.

Groundwork Northern Ireland were appointed consultants for the Duncans Glen Park development in 2015.

Sketch design proposals for Duncans Glen Park, Lisburn