As an organisation fully committed to addressing the climate and nature emergency, whilst supporting those most in need, Groundwork Greater Manchester fully supports the vision of Building Back Better after Covid-19.
We do not believe that the challenges of climate and disadvantage can be pursued separately, but that they are simply different sides of the same coin.
Our own 5 year vision for Greater Manchester, launched in 2018, advocates for a;
Greener more resilient city region with stronger, healthier communities, responsible businesses and enhanced prospects for all local people.
This vision to deliver a socially just, economically strong Greater Manchester, which harnesses the power of communities and respects our planetary limits has always been at the heart of Groundwork’s mission. Like many organisations, Covid-19 has provided an opportunity for Groundwork to pause and reflect on our vision and in particular our core purpose in building back better. In this respect we have identified 3 core areas of action:
Supporting Greater Manchester’s young people to bounce back
There is no doubt the economic and social fall out of Covid-19 is going to have a significant impact on the future prospects of our young people. Working in partnership with local authorities, youth organisations, schools and businesses, Groundwork will support GM’s young people through our personal development programmes. We will help young people to strengthen their resilience, to be equipped to respond to changes in the local economy and to develop as agents of change.
This starts by creating platforms exclusive to young people, such as our Instagram account #GWKONLINE.
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Supporting greener growth
We are working to embed green skills across all Groundwork’s programmes, ensuring the people of Greater Manchester are equipped with the knowledge and understanding they need to make sustained changes not only to their own behaviours, but also, to bring those skills into the workplace. We will work with public sector partners and employers in key sectors to ensure that the development of Groundwork’s green skills training programmes aligns with our partners’ carbon reduction strategies. We will also support Greater Manchester’s businesses to recruit future “green-skilled” talent from the target groups we work with (NEET young people, care leavers, people with criminal convictions and armed forces veterans) and to adapt their operations to support carbon reduction and embed green skills within their workforce.
Facilitating the power of communities
Covid-19 has clearly demonstrated that there is phenomenal resilience and strength within our local communities. On the back of this Groundwork will continue to do what we have always done, helping further unleash the power of our communities, in particular supporting them to be at the heart of climate and nature action. We will focus our work in those Greater Manchester locations which are most impacted by climate and poverty, organising and upskilling local people to take action and lead change. We will be led by local people and we will ensure that community voices are heard by other actors across all sectors.
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Working with like-minded partners is at the heart of the Groundwork approach. We want to work with public, private and voluntary sector partners to achieve our goals. We do not have all the answers and believe we are stronger if we work together, harnessing our collective knowledge, creativity, expertise and resources. Our partnerships will be both place based and thematic. We will lead and support as appropriate and give generously of our time.
As such, we welcome the opportunity to engage fully in the #BuildBackBetter movement focusing our inputs particularly in the action areas highlighted above.