Foreword

“Changing places and changing lives, one green step at a time”

2018 will be a year in which we continue to try and come to terms with recent momentous political decisions. The economic after-shocks of Brexit and the 2017 election will continue to reverberate through the policy and funding landscape within which Groundwork operates.

The UK government remains committed to a programme of public expenditure reduction and Groundwork’s key stakeholders – local authorities, housing associations and businesses delivering public service contracts – will continue to be challenged by the need to reduce and transform service delivery. This presents further opportunities to apply our 32 years of learning to the challenge of helping communities take more control of the services and assets that matter to them.

Despite the ongoing backdrop of austerity, public funding opportunities will continue to open up in the years ahead for organisations like Groundwork that can demonstrate an ability to support local economies and deliver social outcomes. Likewise Groundwork is in a very strong position to work increasingly creatively with businesses, many of which are taking a more proactive approach to delivering their core products and services in ways that are environmentally responsible and supportive of local communities. We will also continue to work collaboratively, often through consortia, with our third sector partners.

This publication sets out highlights of the projects delivered in 2017, illustrating the impact we have made by changing places and changing lives throughout Luton & Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire & Peterborough, Essex, Hertfordshire, Suffolk and Norfolk. One of Groundwork’s key strengths remains an ability to tailor and adapt delivery across the east of England
and, more widely, across the UK depending on the priority
local needs.

Indeed, Groundwork East has grown significantly in recent years in terms of our geography, the number and breadth of projects we deliver and the size of our staff team – all in direct response to increased local demand. We were particularly delighted to achieve the ISO 9001 quality management accreditation in 2017, which is an endorsement of the quality of our operation in this time of expansion and growth.

We would like to thank all of our partners, funders, stakeholders, Directors, members of our Advisory Panels, volunteers, and our wonderful staff team for all they do to make such a significant, positive and lasting impact within the communities we serve.

Special thanks go to the independent firm of accountants and business advisers PEM for their kind sponsorship of this 2017
Impact Report.

Steve Harvey - Executive Director, Groundwork East

Neville Reyner - CBE DL

Chairman, Groundwork East

Our Funding

In the financial year

2016-2017

Central

government

£39,745

Local

governments

£1,370,851

Education and Skills Funding

Agency (ESFA)

via colleges

Charitable

trusts and

foundations

£121,069

£42,182

Private sector

(grants and

contracts)

£430,930

Housing

associations

£188,394

Landfill

Communities

Fund

£99,897

National lottery

funders

£99,744

EU

£337,666

Total

£2,730,487

“People need good health, confidence, skills and opportunity to navigate their path to a brighter future.”

Improving people's prospects

People need good health, confidence, skills and opportunity to navigate their path to a brighter future.

Groundwork has always believed that no-one should be disadvantaged because of where they live or because of their background. We aim to stop talent and lives from being wasted due to long-term unemployment, a lack of aspiration or opportunity or poor health and wellbeing.

We provide a range of projects and services to help people improve their prospects and these are constantly being adapted to new circumstances.

Last year we...

As the impacts of climate change begin to be felt and global agreements falter, the need for bottom-up action to create more sustainable communities is growing.

Greener living and learning

People need good health, confidence, skills and opportunity to navigate their path to a brighter future.

Groundwork has always believed that no-one should be disadvantaged because of where they live or because of their background. We aim to stop talent and lives from being wasted due to long-term unemployment, a lack of aspiration or opportunity or poor health and wellbeing.

We provide a range of projects and services to help people improve their prospects and these are constantly being adapted to new circumstances.

Last year we...

Creating better places

Creating and maintaining our shared green infrastructure has never been more crucial,
but budgets have rarely been tighter.

Last year we...

Groundwork helps people to organise and work together to protect, preserve, improve or create green spaces like parks, play areas, allotments and school grounds. Each year more evidence shows how important our green infrastructure is to wellbeing, adaptation to climate change and even economic development.

 

Despite this, local authorities have seen budgets cut dramatically which has had a huge impact on funding for local parks, green spaces and community initiatives. We work creatively to unlock funding to improve and protect these precious resources.

Creating and maintaining our shared green infrastructure has never been more crucial,
but budgets have rarely been tighter.

Groundwork Hertfordshire

Mill Green, Hatfield

Hertfordshire AL9 5PE

T: 01707 260129

E: hertfordshire@groundwork.org.uk

 

Groundwork Cambridgeshire & Peterborough

Building 519, Alconbury Weald Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire PE28 4WX

T: 01480 587140

E: cambsandpeterborough@groundwork.org.uk

 

Groundwork Luton & Bedfordshire

Stockwood Park (off Farley Hill)

Luton, Bedfordshire LU1 4BH

T: 01582 720147

E: lutonandbedfordshire@groundwork.org.uk

 

Groundwork Suffolk

First Floor, South Kiln, Felaw Maltings

42 Felaw Street, Ipswich

Suffolk IP2 8SQ

T: 01473 350370

E: suffolk@groundwork.org.uk

 

Groundwork Essex

Address c/o Groundwork Hertfordshire

E: essex@groundwork.org.uk

 

Groundwork Norfolk

Address c/o Groundwork Suffolk

E: norfolk@groundwork.org.uk

Kindly sponsored by the independent firm of accountants and business advisers PEM.