We've launched our national campaign!
After months of hard work by our Youth Ambassadors, our Inclusive Spaces campaign will take place this July with a Week of Action from 23rd-29th.
We aim to connect our 100 Young Green Ambassadors with community groups across the UK and will support them to collaborate on local events with the aim of raising the profile of our local parks and green spaces and encouraging intergenerational community action. Our campaign will run in the summer with events taking place across the UK during our week of action.
Our Inclusive Spaces campaign was developed through our Groundwork Youth programme, empowering young people and community groups to collaborate and work together to tackle the issues that affect them the most. We've worked closely with a dedicated group of young people who sit on our youth advisory board and our network of Young Green Ambassadors, based all over the country, will roll out our campaign locally.
After focus groups, consultations, and meetings, our young people concluded that there are far too many barriers to 16 - 24 year olds engaging in their local green spaces.
Overcoming barriers to engagement
In 2015, through our Groundwork Neighbourhood Fieldwork Survey, we found that 69% of 16 – 24 year olds say they would volunteer but only 7% actually did so, despite deep concerns they have for their local environment.
We also discovered 96% of Friends of Parks Groups want to engage with local young people but 81% are unsure of how to do so.
Inclusive Spaces will bridge this gap by bringing young people and community groups together, supporting them to take action together in their neighbourhoods.
Inspired to take part? Get started by checking out our Campaign Toolkits for young people and community groups and contact us if you would like any support planning your events.
Young people can access the Campaign Toolkit on our Act Now page.
Community Groups can access the Campaign Toolkit on our Communities Hub
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