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Groundwork Northern Ireland

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Charity no. 100017 Date registered. 13/12/2013

Public benefits

Groundwork Northern Ireland’s approach and model brings about concurrent social, economic and environmental benefits, providing the synergy to address fundamental societal issues – the sense of powerlessness to change the environment and tackle key issues both in terms of the physical landscape but more importantly, the needs of local people. We

do this by: • Engaging with local communities in consultation, design and implementation of improvements to their own areas. Not only does this enhance local environments but it also increases the skills and capacity of local people to influence their own circumstances whether that is environmental, social or economic; • Supporting local communities and working closely alongside other organisations and existing initiatives to help improve the quality of life for people living there. We provide training and support to help get people more involved in making decisions about where they live and to understand the benefits that sustainable development can bring. We help people improve the appearance of their streets, parks and neighbourhoods but also encourage them to lead healthier lifestyles, get to know other people in their area or work with their neighbours to reduce crime and the fear of crime; • Supporting communities in transition from conflict and division to peace and prosperity by enabling the regeneration of contested and interface neighbourhoods through building relationship at the local level on a cross-community basis and seeking investment in people and place, particularly economic investment through capital and programme. • Working in schools and with adults to illustrate how individual actions can make a big difference to immediate surroundings and the global environment both now and in the future. We help schools make better use of their playgrounds and aim to educate people to act more responsibly with regard to energy, waste, water and transport and to respect local places and other people; • Helping young unemployed people improve their employment prospects by preparing them for a career in the land-based industry or encouraging them to pursue further vocational qualifications. We help young people to gain skills and experience in horticulture, while supporting their personal development and facilitating their move to employment; • Recognising that people, places and prosperity are inextricably linked and so we aim to design projects that bring benefits for all three at once. We believe that our work can assist in creating a broader and deeper understanding of the route to active citizenship, via shared public space.

What your organisation does

Groundwork Northern Ireland is a leading environmental regeneration organisation that works in partnership with local communities and various agencies to bring about social and economic regeneration by improving the local environment.

The charity’s classifications

  • The advancement of citizenship or community development
  • The advancement of human rights, conflict resolution or reconciliation or the promotion of religious or racial harmony or equality and diversity
  • The advancement of environmental protection or improvement

Who the charity helps

  • General public
  • Interface communities
  • Unemployed/low income
  • Youth (14-25 year olds)

How the charity works

  • Community development
  • Community enterprise
  • Cross-border/cross-community
  • Education/training
  • Environment/sustainable development/conservation
  • Rural development
  • Urban development
  • Youth development

This display is a broad summary of the charity’s financial information. For a full understanding of the charity’s finances, the reader should view the PDF accounts and reports under the Documents tab above.





Charity accounts & reports for financial year end 31 March 2018

Independent examiners report Charity accounts Trustee annual report

Charity accounts & reports for financial year end 31 March 2017

Independent examiners report Charity accounts Trustee annual report

Charity accounts & reports for financial year end 31 March 2016

Charity accounts

Charity accounts & reports for financial year end 31 March 2015

Charity accounts

Charitable purposes

To promote the conservation, protection and improvement of the physical and natural environment in the Island of Ireland (the Area) To provide facilities in the interests of social welfare for recreation and leisure time occupation with the objective of improving the conditions of life for those living in or working in or resorting to the Area To advance public education in environmental matters and of the ways of better conserving, protecting, enhancing, improving and rehabilitating the same wheresoever including that which relates to sustainable development and the prudent use of resources To promote for the public benefit, urban or rural regeneration in areas of social and economic deprivation within the Area by all or any of the following means: the relief of unemployment and poverty; the advancement of education, training or re-training particularly amongst unemployed people and providing unemployed people with work experience; the maintenance, improvement or provision of public amenities, including the provision of routeways such as footpaths and cycleways and access to main transport routes; the reclamation of derelict land for use as open space; the advancement, protection and promotion of health; the promotion of public safety and prevention of crime, including the alleviation of anti-social behaviour; such other means as may from time to time be determined subject to the prior written consent of the Commission To promote sustainable development by the promotion of sustainable means of achieving economic and social growth and regeneration for both the protection of the environment and the improvement of the conditions of life in socially and economically disadvantaged communities To promote the efficiency and effectiveness of the voluntary sector for the benefit of the public by the provision of information support and advice to local community based groups to conserve protect and improve the physical and natural environment anywhere in the Area

Governing document

Memorandum and Articles

Other name

  • 9 Trustees
  • 9 Employees
  • 10 Volunteers

Contact details

Public address

  • Mrs Heather Pollock Acca, Groundwork Northern Ireland, 63-75 Duncairn Gardens, Belfast, BT15 2GB

Trustee board

Dr. Jane Holmes
Mr Leonard Sproule
Mr Thomas Mckenna
Mr Conor Canning
Mr John Mcconnell
Bob Van Geldere
Anna Gray
Mr Jason Mcintosh
Mr Jeff Smith

List of regions

  • In Ireland
  • In Northern Ireland