NEWS: Groundwork recruits new Youth Advisory Board

Groundwork UK has recruited 16 inspiring young people to contribute to our Youth Advisory Board for 2022-23.

At Groundwork we put young people at the centre of everything we do. Our goal is to empower young people to play a full and active role in their communities. This announcement coincides with #IWill week, an annual celebration of the work of young people up and down the UK.

We’re committed to youth participation and ensuring our projects, programmes and campaigns are informed and led by young people. Our Youth Advisory Board is vital to enabling us to meet this goal.

Over the next year, these 16 young people will work closely with senior leaders and staff across the organisation on a range of strategic issues. They will participate in programme design, policy and communications work, and shape the way we operate as an organisation. Previous Youth Advisory Board members have gone on to become Trustees on Groundwork’s federation board.

Some Youth Advisory Board for 2022/23 share why they want to join forces with Groundwork:

I believe that a youth voice is extremely important and vital to the UK. We have to live in this world without a voice until we turn 18, and this board would be great to join and to make an impact, as I have lots of opinions and ideas on how to improve spaces around us.

Ruby, 16, Merseyside

I joined the Youth Advisory Board because we are the future for sustainability and the long term wellbeing of the environment relies on the youth of the world. Our input should be a main contribution when it comes to environmental strategies, planning and organisations.

Georgie, 19, Yorkshire

I previously worked with Groundwork during the pandemic as a volunteer. The organisation’s commitment to creating change in local areas is what entices me, as someone who shares similar concerns about the environment we live in.

Ayesha, 18, Birmingham

I was thrilled to be working for Groundwork North East during the summer and the thing I enjoyed most was seeing the impact that we had on the young people and then seeing them going on to make a difference; it’s an absolute honour to work with Groundwork UK creating opportunities and impacting lives positively within our communities.

Kyle, 18, Tyne & Wear

I believe what Groundwork does is very important – their Future Proof Parks initiative helped me get closer to my university city’s local community whilst learning important conservation skills and the importance of urban green spaces. I would love to support Groundwork and help establish more projects, ensuring they inspire many more!

Maud, 20, Bristol

They join Groundwork at a critical time in our history, following on from our 40th anniversary celebrations and just as we begin to update our federation strategy. The young people will be supported to participate through a bursary, recognising the value of their time and unique perspective.

We are delighted to have such a diverse and committed group of young people working alongside us for the year to come.