The 12 Projects of Groundwork London

Here at Groundwork London we works with communities across the capital to transform their lives and the places they live. We’ve been delivering social and environmental regeneration in London for over 25 years, and today we have a simple mission: to create better places, improve people’s prospects, and promote greener living and working.

To celebrate another year of inspiring work ‘on the ground’, we’re sharing 12 projects of Groundwork London. Check out the list below to find out more about the projects we run that create real and lasting, positive change in London.

  • Project 1: The Nest Southwark This last year has been difficult for everyone, and the need for mental health support continues to be an incredibly important area of work for us here at Groundwork London. The Nest, our mental health and support service, has taken great strides in 2021, providing young people throughout #southwark with the tools and support they need to develop positive mental health and to champion others in their community to do the same.
  • Project 2: Our Bright Future – The Our Bright Future project that we’ve been delivering in partnership with The Wildlife Trusts has boosted the confidence and skills of so many young people throughout the UK. This year, our fantastic team at Groundwork London have worked with young people from all different backgrounds and parts of London, helping them to acquire new interests, form positive working relationships, and expand their skillsets, setting them up for success in their chosen career.
  • Project 3: Volunteering Barnet-  At Volunteering Barnet we continue to work with our Barnet Together partners  to deliver support, opportunity, and advice to organisations and community members across the borough. Together, we have strengthened the delivery of the Barnet Food Hub and helped tackle food poverty and food waste across the community. The partnership is also supporting the #HolidayHunger programme in the borough, with volunteers delivering Enriching Activities and Nutritional meals to children in the seasonal holidays.
  • Project 4: Volunteering Kingston – Volunteering Kingston has continued to support the Covid-19 response and vaccination programme across the borough and strengthen vital relationships with the leading voices in the Kingston Stronger Together (KST) partnership. Over the last two crucial years, our volunteers in Kingston have played an important role in facilitating the KST and supporting the vaccination rollout organised by local Primary Care Networks and pharmacies.
  • Project 5: The Harrow Reuse DirectoryTogether with Harrow Council, we’ve developed a free online directory promoting reuse, repair, and recycling business initiatives based or operating in Harrow’s local community. The directory will help local businesses to expand their audience and promote their services, whilst ensuring consumers have the information available to make informed, ethical choices whilst shopping in Harrow.
  • Project 6: COMPASSBetween April 2020 and March 2021 Groundwork London and Counterpoints Arts ran COMPASS, an ESOL plus arts project supporting Refugees in East London. The project aimed to interweave language learning with arts-based activities. Swipe along to see some of the fabulous art produced by our 70+ participants! Groundwork London continues to offer support for refugees, asylum seekers, and non-EU migrants through the Together Programme.
  • Project 7: WCGL Groundwork London delivers several grant programmes across London, including Walking and Cycling Grant London fund grants to community groups and organisations, to deliver projects and programmes that remove the barriers to walking and cycling  and enable all communities to enjoy the benefits of active travel.
  • Project 8: Pathways to Employment – a project funded by the ESFA Community Training Grants supports young people aged 16-25yrs with disabilities who are not in employment to improve their self confidence, communication skills through person-centred workshops that include community visits and an arranged work experience at the end of the project in their chosen field.
  • Project 9: The Kickstart ProgrammeGroundwork’s Kickstart placements help people up to the age of 24 on Universal Credit to begin their careers, paying a real wage, offering valuable experience, and all the training and support they need to succeed.
  • Project 10: Our Green Doctor programme With a network of energy efficiency experts, we’re helping vulnerable households at risk of fuel poverty to save money on their energy bills and stay warm over winter.
  • Project 11: Making Space for Nature Making Space for Nature is the Thamesmead specific programme of CLEVER Cities, that provides opportunities for people in Thamesmead to make the town a greener, happier place, and to celebrate and improve the abundance of nature resources that the area has to offer.
  • Project 12: Corporate Volunteering It’s been wonderful to start up our Corporate Volunteering Days again in 2021. They are always greatly enjoyable experiences, giving employees the opportunity to bond as a team, learn new skills, and make a real impact to local communities.