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Groundwork sets out aim to be ‘significant, radical, national force’ in new strategy 

10 Aug 2020 News

Graham Duxbury, chief executive of Groundwork UK

Groundwork UK aims to mobilise 75,000 days of voluntary action to address the climate emergency as part of its new three-year strategy. 

The federation of charities that works with communities to reduce poverty and protect the environment unveiled the strategy, Groundwork 2023, last week.  

The strategy says: “Our ambition is to build our visibility, our reputation and our resource base so that we can be a significant, radical, national force for driving change in attitudes, behaviours, places and prospects in the local communities that need it most.” 

By 2023, Groundwork commits to: 

  • Mobilise 75,000 days of voluntary action to combat the climate and nature emergency.
  • Connect 50,000 people with their community and nature to improve wellbeing.
  • Support 20,000 people into accessing learning and work. 

Graham Duxbury, chief executive, said: “Now more than ever it’s vital that we set out our long-term direction and mission to support practical community action on poverty and the environment.”

In an interview with Civil Society News earlier this year, Duxbury said that the pandemic had reaffirmed the federation’s overarching ambitions. 

“Our tactics in the short term will need to change, in terms of where the money comes from and how we position ourselves, but the long-term vision is absolutely the same as it would have been before the crisis,” he said. 


To fulfil its ambition, Groundwork has set out a number of areas it will prioritise. 

This includes diversifying its fundraising and improving the way it captures data to demonstrate impact. 

The federation says it will “embed a new set of quality standards and harmonised systems”, and undertake governance reviews. 

It also commits to “a federation-wide initiative to improve the way we promote equality, diversity and inclusion”. 

Civil Society Media’s next State of the Sector event takes place on 19 November 2020, and the focus is on the environment. Join us to find out what other charities are doing to reduce their carbon footprint and adapt to the climate emergency, and how your organisation can join the campaign to limit global warming and avert climate catastrophe. Find out more here.


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