100 Young Green Ambassadors.
12 Youth Advisory Board members.
Over 50 Youth-led intergenerational events.
It’s finally here! Welcome to our #InclusiveSpaces Week of Action! Over the next few days events will be taking place all over the UK, organised by teams of young people aged 16-24 in partnership with local community groups and local Groundwork trusts, powered by Groundwork Youth.
Our Week of Action is a response to our findings from focus groups with young people, workshops with community groups, a Youth Summit, and lots of conversations online and offline. We found that young people felt there were 'far too many barriers' to engaging with their local community and making the most of their local outdoor spaces.
- Groundwork's Survey found that 69% of 16 -24 year olds would volunteer in their communities but only 7% actually did so, despite deep concerns for their local environment.
- We also discovered 96% of Friends of Parks Groups want to engage with young people but 81% are unsure of how to do so.
Our Inclusive Spaces Campaign will bridge this gap by bringing young people and community groups together, supporting them to take action in their neighbourhoods through organising free, accessible and fun events for all to enjoy.
Today is Mindful Monday and Young Green ambassadors from Grimsby to Bridgewater have organised free events for their communities exploring ideas of mindfulness and mental wellbeing, and how they connect to our relationship with and access to green and outdoor spaces.
Tomorrow, we turn our focus to all things ‘trashy’ as we take on Trashy Tuesday - expect litter picks, plogging, and even Junk Fashion Shows as our young people and community groups explore the possibilities of recycling and upcycling as well as the role local communities and local groups of people can play in keeping parks, beaches, streets and other treasured outdoor spaces tidy for all to enjoy!
On Wednesday, it’s all about the Walking and Talking. In South London, for example, a group of our ambassadors - in partnership with Tranquil City - will be taking a group of willing walkers down one of London’s busiest and most polluted routes... and then showing them a more tranquil, scenic alternative. After all, the city doesn’t always have to feel like a concrete jungle.
On Thursday, we’re throwin’ it aaaallll the way back to celebrate #ThrowbackThursday. There will be intergenerational games nights taking place in Youth Clubs across Corby, as well as planting events and outdoor film screenings.
Friday is the day to throw on your dancing shoes and head to one of several Festival Friday events. Whether you’re supporting Feel Good Friday in Nottingham or an intergenerational celebration of Youth at Roof East in London, there will be something for all to enjoy.
As for Saturday - sports anyone? We’ve got community sports days taking place in Sheffield for Sporty Saturday in (what we hope will still be) the sunshine! What better way to use your local park and outdoor space than for improving your fitness by playing team sports? Get those trainers on!
No doubt you’ll be exhausted by this point, however if you’re not taking Sunday out as a day of rest, then we recommend heading to Manchester for Chorlton’s Earth Festival. Organised by one of our Young Green Ambassadors, the day will consist of vintage markets, vegan food, music, and lots of positive community vibes.
Remember, you can find out which events are taking place near you by visiting our Campaign map on our Act Now page.
Spread the word - and tell a friend to tell a friend...
We'll see you on the campaign trail!
Don’t forget to follow our #InclusiveSpaces hashtag on social media! Follow us on Twitter - @Groundwrk_Youth - to get updates in real time.
Taking part? Make sure you take lots of pictures and tag them using the #InclusiveSpaces hashtag so we can see, RT, and support!