Groundwork Launches Northern Network Of Green Community Hubs

Groundwork Cheshire, Lancashire, and Merseyside (CLM) has launched the Northern Network, a new community of people and projects involved in the set up and running of shared green spaces.

Groundwork’s aim for this project is to use its extensive experience, connections and research to build a thriving network of Green Community Hubs right across the North of England. This coming-together of people and projects will provide peer support, opportunities to swap ideas and to share resources, and to take part in a programme of events and training, all ultimately driving a movement of greener communities, for the benefit of all.

Sam Marine, Northern Network Project Manager said of the launch “We’re thrilled to have now officially launched the Northern Network. The last 6 months has seen us developing our vision and objectives, engaging with various partners and communities to understand how they would benefit, and building an online hub and learning programme.”

The Northern Network can be found at www.northernnetwork.org and anyone involved in Green Community Hubs can sign up as a member for free. Membership offers access to a host of resources and events.

Sam continues “Our launch also marks the beginning of our events programme and we’re offering a number of sessions in May, including an online networking evening, and two marketing workshops. These events are open to anyone to attend and are completely free to book.”

To power the growth of the network, Groundwork CLM are working with four other Groundwork Trusts in the North and each Trust has a project facilitator supporting a pilot Green Hub in their local area.

The role of these pilot hubs is to provide learning for other network members through practical action on the ground and in the community. Learning resources include case studies, how-to guides, skills-sharing events, and training sessions.

 

Jon Hutchinson, Programme Director for Communities explains “The aim is to co-create a vibrant network of pilot hubs in partnership with members of their local communities. The hubs are utilising existing assets and providing a broad range of services that build resilience and improve health outcomes. Some of the types of activities that are being offered at the hubs include: volunteering, educational workshops, community gardening and wellbeing sessions, food growing and conservation projects. We’ll share this wealth of experience with others to inspire more people and communities to take action.”

The pilot hubs are:

  • Groundwork Cheshire, Lancashire, and Merseyside: Clay Pitts Park, Morecambe
  • Groundwork Greater Manchester: West Gorton Community Park
  • Groundwork Yorkshire: Horton Community Farm
  • Groundwork Cumbria and North East: Workington Green Community Hub
  • Groundwork South and North Tyneside: West Boldon Lodge

Get involved

The Northern Network is open to anyone to join and benefit from shared learning, for free. Members are also encouraged to share their own news, events, reports and case studies.

Northern Network: https://www.northernnetwork.org/

The Northern Network project is supported by The National Lottery Community Fund and the team are working with evaluation specialists Wavehill to report on the project.