Groundwork team and participants gardening

We develop tailored local environmental initiatives with housing associations, major employers, businesses, schools and colleges and also run major programmes on behalf of local and national government. We have a strong track record of working in those areas that really need extra support, and of going the extra mile in inspiring people to think differently about their futures.

We also enable young people to access horticultural education and employment opportunities, giving them choices and the ability to shape their futures. We know that not all young people are on a level playing field when it comes to moving from education into work. Therefore, it is vital that personalised support is available for those furthest from the labour market to draw on when needed.

  • People-centred: Our values as a community charity mean we provide a safe, friendly and supportive environment to all. We take a person-centred approach based on ‘coaching and caring’.
  • Neighbourhood connections: We’re ideally placed to reach people who need support through our networks of local partners and connections with local employers
  • Job creation: We provide work experience and create jobs within our community programmes, for example through ‘green teams’ improving local environments or social enterprises adding value to the local economy.
  • Lived experience: We employ people who have faced their own challenges as leaders, helping us design and deliver targeted programmes around the needs of people with particular barriers such as care leavers, refugees or people with a history of offending

Through our projects below, our services include:

  • Robust training courses and work experience
  • Employment advice and support
  • Support programmes tailored for groups facing particular challenges, such as people with disabilities and care leavers

Forward Trust (JM)

Project participants working on raised beds

A 6 week course giving participants the opportunity to work in a small team to improve a local green space whilst learning soft and hard landscaping skills

Green Recovery (JM)

Groundwork team and participants clearing a river

Working in Hinchingbrooke country park with volunteers to clear overgrown areas, restructure fences and create more wildlife habitats for native birds, bats and butterflies

New to Nature (JM)

Young people smiling in the outdoors with spades

New to Nature will provide paid work placements for young people from diverse backgrounds who are keen to pursue environmental careers

CBC 31 – Jane Mills

Bedfordshire Employment and Skills Academy (BESA)(LF)

BESA enables residents to access education and training to build skills that will improve employability, support career
opportunities and enhance wellbeing

Luton Adult Learning – Laura Ferrier

Carbon Literacy – AC/SHK