We run team programmes that can be truly life changing. Take a group of young people, give them a series of challenges, teach them new skills and watch the teamwork grow and individual blossom in just a few weeks.

Young people who are struggling to find their path in life can be transformed by working with their peers in a team. In some areas we provide the National Citizens Service to 16-18 year olds and the Princes Trust Team programme to unemployed 16-25 year olds, as well as our own bespoke personal development courses.

Our team programmes draw on a number of tried and tested ingredients:

  • Learning: having fun while gaining practical life skills like budgeting, planning, and healthy living
  • Residential: a chance to try out high octane activities like rock climbing, orienteering or archery, learning to trust each other in a setting far removed from everyday life.
  • Social impact: gaining the satisfaction of leading a real project to benefit the local community, often involving planning, fundraising and practical action
  • Peer support: meeting and bonding with young people from different backgrounds, helping to develop a peer support network, increasing resilience and reducing isolation.
  • Recognition: gaining rewards and qualifications and celebrating achievements made at the end of the programme
  • Referral onwards: helping young people plan their next steps in terms of education, work and life goals – many of our youth workers are graduates from our personal development programmes.

Groundwork in action

Unlocking Potential

Unlocking Potential

Unlocking Potential is a 10 week course for young people aged 16-18 who aren’t in education, training or employment.

Mentoring for young people

Mentoring for young people

The mentoring scheme supports young people who need guidance to cope with and overcome issues and barriers, to realise their full potential.

Kick the Dust: Future Proof Parks

Kick the Dust: Future Proof Parks

A National Lottery Heritage Fund programme that aims to get more young people interested and involved in preserving their local park and green space heritage.