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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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Tomorrow's Leaders Today: Pt 1

We know that young people are passionate and have their own views on the world around them but sometimes feel that their voices go unheard. Our 'Pass the Mic!' series gives them the opportunity to ‘step up to the microphone’ and have their voices amplified – in their own words.

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Saving our youth clubs is vital

Government funding cuts mean that our communities are suffering more than ever as money for the needs of the public becomes more and more scarce. Among these needs is government funding for youth cubs and organisations which are now struggling to accommodate young people’s needs.

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How can inclusive green spaces help with positive mental health?

On World Mental Health Day 2018, Young Green Ambassador, Sadie asks how outdoor activities that may aid people’s positive mental health can be more actively promoted, especially to younger people in light of learnings from our recent #InclusiveSpaces campaign.

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A 500 miles weekend with Groundwork

Last weekend we kept YAB member, Jack, very busy! From a trip to London with the CEO of Groundwork UK to representing Groundwork Youth at the Conservative Party's Annual conference, he hopped on the mic to centre the voices and concerns of young people. Find out how his adventures went in our latest post.

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Passing the mic to young people: Groundwork Youth at Labour Party Conference

After a whirlwind weekend of discussions and politics, Youth Advisory board members Katie Jones and Bianca Drotleff reflect on their experience at the Labour Party Conference 2018 and the significance of this year's Inclusive Spaces campaign.

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Is enough being done to win the war on plastic?

Plastic pollution is perhaps one of the biggest environmental problems facing the planet right now. With plastic pollution being found as far as the Arctic and making its way into our bodies, our dependency on plastic and throw away culture must be tackled.

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Youth Fest: A celebration of youth for all ages

Asini Liyanage, co-organiser of Youth Fest, reflects on the event and the journey leading up to the big day. Youth Fest was one of our main events during our #InclusiveSpaces Week of Action.

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The generational gap and how the environment can help us close it

Many Millennials feel unsure and apprehensive about the future, especially regarding issues such as climate change, the effects of which will become most evident within their lifetime. With this in mind, how can we close the generational divide?

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Working with the Wildlife Trust to promote Inclusive Spaces

This summer, Groundwork Young Green Ambassador, Sally, joined forces with the Wildlife Trust to organise an Inclusive Spaces event for her local community to enjoy.

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We'll see you at the crossroads

Whether you’re doing GCSEs or A-Levels, the future can seem daunting for many people. Unsure of what to do next, many often follow the expected path of going to University. Schools seem to only care about those who want to go to university, whilst others are framed as ‘second class’. In this blog post, Hannah asks if three years of uni is worth your time...

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The Great North Run Training Diaries: Pt 2

In part 2 of Ross' reflections, we get updated on how training for the big day is going and how he's also fit in organising a community festival as part of our #InclusiveSpaces campaign!

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Feel Good Friday in Nottingham

Here's what it takes to put together a community festival in Nottingham as a group of young people from mixed backgrounds, joining forces with their local Groundwork Trust, Groundwork Greater Nottingham.

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