Groundwork Trusts have been working in the country’s most excluded communities since 1981. This study, published in 2002, reviewed the activities of eight local trusts in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, to explore the nature of Groundwork’s contribution to neighbourhood renewal and identify lessons for current policy.
- Reviews the policy context
- Describes the variety of work undertaken locally
- Assesses Trusts’ ability to work with and influence a wide range of partners
- Analyses Groundwork’s contribution to policy development
- Sets out lessons for policy-makers from the Groundwork experience.
The study concludes that intensive, patient and above all long-term activity, rooted in the needs and aspirations of local communities, can help rebuild confidence and trust, and lay the foundations for renewal, even in the most disconnected neighbourhoods.