It is now just over 12 months since we were passed the baton for running Groundwork services across Bury. Over the past year, we have delivered many projects and programmes across the borough:
- the Youth Contract (for NEET young people),
- Streets of Community Spirit (for specific communities within the borough),
- Green Doctor (for residents facing fuel poverty),
- Work Programme (for long-term unemployed people)
- The Prince’s Trust Team programme (for unemployed people aged 16-25).
- We have also run training for both individuals and businesses, and delivered a number of community events.
We are fully focussed on delivering more beneficial programmes of work for individuals, communities and businesses across Bury. Through our Business Focus steering group of local partners, we now have a better understanding of the changing needs of communities within the borough and work creatively to pull in extra funding for Bury. Our whole ethos is built around serving the local community and delivering sustainable social impact on the ground. 12 months on, we can proudly say that Groundwork has continued to change place and lives in the area and increase the impact of our work. Over the last year, we have brought in an additional £550,000 of income into the boroughs of Bury and Bolton
In addition to the Groundwork office at Silver Point in the centre of Bury, Groundwork has extended the lease at the Blackburn Street office in Radcliffe. Groundwork has secured a new contract funded by the European Social Fund to help young people aged 14-19 who are NEET or at risk of becoming NEET. We are continuing our partnership with Six Town Housing to help residents facing fuel poverty and have increased the delivery of our Prince’s Trust Team programme by starting a new Team in Radcliffe.
The Team programme is an exciting 13-week personal development course offering work experience, qualifications, practical skills, community projects and a residential week. As well as changing the fortunes of the participants, the programme also has a big impact on the wider Bury community. Through the ‘Community Project’ and ‘Team Challenge’ modules of the programme, young people get the chance to support worthy projects and community groups in need.
Over the past 12-months our Prince’s Trust Teams have planned, organised, fundraised and delivered the following 2-week Community Projects in Bury:
- Grundy Day Centre –completed a garden improvement scheme: levelled land, built flower beds, planted herbs/strawberries, tidied gardens, built a new bird table. By enhancing the outdoor environment, we improved the lives of the service users.
- South Bank Road – completed a neighbourhood enhancement project that involved community clean ups, habitat management, building planters and planting bulbs. This improved the visual appearance of the area and was appreciated by local residents.
- Elmhurst Short Stay Centre – completed work to the garden of the centre, removing overgrown plants, building new planters and making the space suitable for an outdoor gym and food growing. The staff and service users were extremely grateful and benefitted as they did not have the funds to do it themselves.
Our Teams have also planned, organised, fundraised and delivered the following 2-week Team Challenges for Bury community organisations:
- Grundy Day Centre – delivered a Christmas Party for service users, organising food, drinks, activities and a live singer. The young people ran a card-making workshop and ensured centre users had an enjoyable time.
- Bury Adult Learning Centre – ran baking sessions and arts & crafts activities for the service users. The team also organised a party with a learning centre in Whitefield.
- Children in Care Services (Bury Council) – The team organised a trip to Blackpool, a visit to the National Football Museum and MOSI Manchester. The team fundraised enough to cover everyone’s dinner at each venue.
Our efforts in the borough and specifically the impact of our Prince’s Trust Teams have been recognised by making the finals of the 2014 Made in Bury Business Awards. Groundwork has been shortlisted alongside six other organisations in the Community Impact category. We’re looking forward to the award ceremony on Thursday 20th November and have our fingers crossed!
If you’re attending the awards next week we hope to see you there. For more information about any of our Bury programmes please do get in touch.