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Sallyann Ball Community Champion

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Groundwork Southwest

Groundwork South West helps people and organisations make changes in order to create better neighbourhoods, to build skills and job prospects, and to live and work in a greener way. 

 

We know that the important issues are all connected – so our work can’t easily be placed in boxes marked 'environmental issues’, 'regeneration', 'employment' or 'health'. We create projects and services that benefit both people and the wider environment.

 

We operate across the South West region of England and work on dozens of individual projects each year. We focus our activity on disadvantaged communities where we can make most difference.

 

We work with people to help them improve where they live and their quality of life. This includes helping them to have meaningful involvement in the development of their local area.

 

Our teams of specialists are experienced in getting people to speak out, taking on board their views and translating these into positive changes, sometimes including physical transformations.

 

We also develop projects that bring together people from different backgrounds and age groups – reducing conflict and boosting social integration.

 

We also help people to adopt healthier lifestyles by becoming more physically active, growing their own food or using horticulture to improve mental health.

 

We work towards a vision – of a society of sustainable communities which are vibrant, healthy and safe, which respect the local and global environment and where individuals and enterprise prosper.

 

Creating those sustainable communities means developing initiatives which cut across economics, social issues and the environment. Our work is diverse, but all of it helps to achieve our vision.

 

We know we’ll never achieve our vision without working together with passionate individuals, proactive public services and innovative parts of the private sector.

 

Our local programmes and services are tailored to the needs of partners and communities in that locality. When all that local activity is added together, it becomes a major national force for change.

 

Groundwork work on over eighty individual projects each year – focused on disadvantaged communities. The impact is measured in various ways – for example area of land improved and amount of carbon saved – but what’s most important is how we change people’s lives.

 

 

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