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A time to reflect

As we come to the end of another 12 months of delivery, this is a good time to reflect on the achievements, challenges and impacts we have had as a Trust to people’s lives and the places where they live in 2014/15.
Our first big achievement is that we have successfully delivered what we set out to deliver between April 2014 and the end of March 2015. This achievement is not to be underestimated. Like many other charities we are constantly challenged by the difficult operating environment, which has become more acute in recent times with the Governments austerity measures. That said, our staff have been innovative, creative, courageous and bold in meeting these challenges head on.
Other highlights for the last 12 months:
  • Secured over £3.6m of funding which was locked into the local economies of Bolton, Bury, Oldham and Rochdale for the delivery of our charitable work in changing lives, changing places
  • We have for the first time started to deliver Traineeships
  • We are continuing to renovate long term empty properties in Rochdale for local people to live in. The teams that renovate these properties are local unemployed residents that through this programme are given the chance to get work experience and qualifications to go on and gain sustained employment
  • We ran 27 Prince’s Trust Teams over the year across Bolton, Bury Oldham and Rochdale – positively supporting over 300 16-25 year olds
  • In Oldham we are working with the Council’s Public Health team to stimulate and nurture local food growing initiatives through our Growth Ambassadors programme
  • In the last 12 months we will have worked with over 350 NEET young people and helped a large majority of these into a positive progression
  • Through our Energyworks team we have supported homes that are in fuel poverty by working with the families around debt, benefit and behaviour change advice but by also improving the fabric of their homes
  • Our Work Programme teams in Bury and Rochdale continue to help long term unemployed people back into work – through this contract and other local employment programmes we helped 1,542 people gain employment
  • Through our accredited training provision 593 qualifications were gained by our learners
  • We maintained or improved over 30 football pitches worth of open space (129,000m2)

As we put the finishing touches to our business plan for 2015-16 (to be launched in April), I just want to take this opportunity to thank all Groundwork staff for their continued and unwavering efforts in really making a difference on the ground.

As one partner put it in our recent stakeholder survey; “[Groundwork has] excellent delivery teams, who are committed to delivering services that benefit local people.”

I couldn’t have it better myself!

Teresa Jennings, Operations Director
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