We support local communities and businesses to build capacity and resilience as this is vital if we are to tackle hardship, achieve a just transition to net-zero and help nature recover in a way that reduces inequality and leads to better work and healthier, happier lives.
What this means in practice is: helping people get jobs and supporting the growth of the green economy; reducing the waste of energy, food and water; creating and maintaining biodiverse, accessible green spaces; supporting businesses to be more successful and responsible; and empowering communities to take action to improve their health and wellbeing and the local and global environment.
The way we work:
- connects people with each other, with opportunity and with nature
- builds knowledge and confidence so that people feel more in control of their future
- delivers social, economic and environmental outcomes in an integrated way.
Why our work is important
2.5 million +
the number of people not working due to long-term sickness has been rising since 2019 and now stands at more than 2.5 million.
Over 6.5 million
households experiencing fuel poverty with 21.5% of excess winter deaths attributable to cold homes.
Nearly 3 million
people in the UK used a food bank in the last year and 40% of people report feeling worried about being able to afford food.
people in the UK do not have any publicly accessible green space within a 10-minute walk of their home.
of people from ethnic minority backgrounds live in the most greenspace-deprived areas, compared to 14% of white
1 million +
adults and nearly three-quarters of a million children in the UK live in neighbourhoods where air pollution is double recommended levels.
of adults in the UK report feeling anxious about the environment and globally 60% of children and young people say they are extremely or very worried about climate change.
The change that we deliver
We work with people who are facing multiple challenges and in places that are lacking social infrastructure and economic opportunities. Many of the places we prioritise are also increasingly vulnerable to extreme weather events.
We have four decades’ experience of building partnerships to address these challenges in three connected ways.
We help people create better places
By making communities greener, healthier and better prepared for the future and enabling people to work together to bring about change in their local area.
Last year we invested £90 million in communities, supported 7,102 community groups, and mobilised 203,905 hours of volunteering.
We improve people’s prospects
By increasing confidence, skills, wellbeing and employability and helping those out of work find jobs in the green economy.
Last year we supported 14,442 young people to learn and achieve, helped people to get 3,732 qualifications, and supported 7,125 people into education, training, or work.
We help people protect the planet
By supporting people and businesses to reduce their carbon footprint, cut waste and take practical action to combat the climate and nature emergencies.
Last year we planted 48,698 trees, improved 13.4 million square metres of land, and supported 35,990 households with visits from our Green Doctor home energy efficiency experts.