Groundwork is a charity working locally and nationally to transform lives in the UK’s most disadvantaged communities.

We’re passionate about creating a future where every neighbourhood is vibrant and green, every community is strong and able to shape its own destiny and no-one is held back by their background or circumstances.

We help people gain confidence and skills, get into training and work, protect and improve green spaces, lead more active lives and overcome significant challenges such as poverty, isolation, low skills and poor health.

We know that many people face multiple challenges – living in isolation or with significant health issues in communities with few facilities and limited employment prospects.

We work with partners to address these challenges in three ways.

  • We improve people’s prospects - by increasing the confidence, skills, wellbeing and employability of those struggling in education or out of work.

  • We create better places - by making communities greener, safer and healthier and by enabling people to work together to bring about change in their local area.

  • We promote greener living and working – to help people and businesses reduce their environmental impact, improve their health, cut waste and save money.

Last year Groundwork

  • Supported 7,000 local community organisations

  • Helped over 3000 people to gain new skills and enter training or employment

  • Assisted hundreds of young people to lead social action

  • Improved or maintained land equivalent to over 1000 football pitches

  • Planted over 13,000 trees

  • Provided in-home support to 20,000 households to be warmer and healthier in winter

  • Worked with 1,200 schools

  • Supported 2,600 businesses to be greener

What makes Groundwork different

Groundwork helps communities to transform their areas and lives, and we do this in a number of ways:

  • We help young people to lead change in their communities

  • We support unemployed people into employment

  • We help communities to look after and improve their local parks and gardens

  • We support schools to improve their school grounds and provide outdoor learning spaces

  • We assist vulnerable people living in cold homes to be warmer and healthier in winter

  • We encourage everyone to live and work in greener ways through practical projects

Often, our projects deliver many of these outcomes together.

Other ways to support

We have a range of localised volunteering opportunities across the country for teams and individuals to get involved in. You can support us by getting involved in one of our fundraising events or initiatives or by running your own fundraising event. Find out more about our opportunities and how you can get involved by visiting our website.


The Federation of Groundwork Trusts Lockside 5 Scotland Street
B1 2RR

Contact Number

0121 237 5794