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Voices

Welcome to our 'Voices' section! Here you'll find great guest posts from our young people, friends of Groundwork Youth, and Groundwork partners! Hear from our amazing Youth Advisory Board, our awesome Young Green Ambassadors, the Groundwork Youth team, and other people in our broad network exploring topics close to the hearts of 16-24 year olds today, from mental wellbeing and the environment to social mobility and youth-led action.

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Finding sanctuary in the Big City

As our Inclusive Spaces Week of Action kicks off, we caught up with one of our fantastic Young Green Ambassador and Community group teams to learn more about their local community event taking place on Walk and Talk Wednesday. Tranquil City has joined forces with some of Groundwork's London-based Young Green Ambassadors to bring us South London Sanctuary Spaces, a walking tour with a difference.

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A festival of wildlife by the lake

On Saturday 7th of July, at Charlcombe Valley Lake, Young Green Ambassador, Guy Willcock, held a wildlife talk and picnic for 40 people of all ages. It was a roasting 25 degrees, but thankfully there were plenty of refreshments and shade to go around. Find out how running his event has helped him develop his leadership skills.

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Escaping Revision

Hannah believes that getting more young people out in, and making use of, their local green spaces can have huge benefits on mental wellbeing, especially during stressful exam season. Find out how investing in an outdoor hobby has helped her feel at her best.

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Young and Green

Horticulture - only for the elderly? Young Garden Designer of the Year finalist, Max Harriman doesn't think so! Find out why he swapped the drinks tray for the drawing board and why he is on a quest to help us all find 'Calm in Chaos'.

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Akeim: helping young people to succeed

After losing a friend to gun and knife crime in Manchester at age 13, Akeim Mundell was inspired to improve opportunities for local young people.

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Katie's Recycle Cycle Sundays

Young volunteer Katie created Recycle Cycle Sundays to bring her community together to clean up where she lives.

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Why Environmental Policy and Research Matters

With World Environment Day still fresh on our minds, YAB member Bianca shares her knowledge about the current issues local communities face with regards to their parks and green spaces and future challenges. How can a younger generation shape and influence the decision-making process in their local areas and further afield?

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Re-engaging a generation as a matter of urgency

Why is it children have so much energy and so much drive to be busy, yet most teenagers are typically branded as lazy? Perhaps it’s because the engagement opportunities for our youth population simply aren’t good enough, accessible enough or supported enough, says Hal Davidson.

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#InclusiveSpaces Campaign Round Up

Throughout April and May we've been holding regional meetups with our network of Young Green Ambassadors and our community groups. As our Week of Action draws near, our Programme Officer, Steph, has some reflections on the experience.

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Is it worth it? Why volunteering and adding to your CV matters

Our comms volunteer Hannah reflects on her time working at Groundwork UK and why volunteering and apprenticeships are a helpful boost to any CV.

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'Meet a...' PR and Communications Officer: Stacey Aplin

'Always treat people the way you want to be treated and be a good egg.' - Meet Groundwork's PR and Communications Officer, Stacey Aplin. We talk work placements at uni, first jobs, reading and writing and role models. 'Meet a...' is Groundwork Youth Hub's new careers series aiming to highlight the people behind the job titles and introduce you to a range of roles inside and outside of Groundwor...

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'Meet a...' Campaigns Officer: Siana Bangura

'There will be things you want and you don’t get and plans you make that won’t work out but don’t give up. All those things afford you great opportunities for learning and growth, getting you closer to your goals.' - Meet our Campaigns Officer, Siana Bangura. We talk Cambridge, creative freelancing and why more young people should explore apprenticeships. 'Meet a...' is Groundwork Youth Hub's n...

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