The first Groundwork Trust in the region was established in 1987 covering the South Leeds area. Since then work in the region has extended and the structure now includes a regional office in Leeds and six operational Trusts which are; Creswell, Dearne Valley, Leeds, Sheffield, Wakefield and Selby. Groundwork Yorkshire & The Humber is working constantly with local partners and ODPM to determine the need for future development in various parts of the region.
Address: Environment & Business Centre Merlyn-Rees Avenue Morley Leeds LS27 9SL
Green Check is a tried and tested way of introducing and embedding Sustainable Development into the ethos of a school. Pupils assess the environmental credentials of their school and implementing resource saving initiatives. Through this engaging process, pupils learn the skills to live more sustainably. Groundwork will also work with school staff, governors and the local community to ensure that everyone participates in their school becoming a 'beacon of Sustainable Development'.
Groundwork, in partnership with the Children’s University of Bradford, delivers environmental based activities for children and young people to attend after school and during school holidays. These entertaining and interactive sessions provide, amongst other things, the opportunity for children and young people to enjoy and achieve through learning, be healthy and find out how to make a positive contribution to society. Sessions or programmes can be tailored by negotiation with the host organisation and the funder.
A Forest School is a unique educational experience which offers children, young people and adults opportunities to develop a better understanding and respect for their natural environment through hands on learning experiences. Activities on Forest Schools are broken down into small achievable tasks so that participants build confidence and self-esteem. Forest Schools activities are flexible and can be adapted for use in playschemes, after school clubs, scouting and guiding activities etc. and can be run for all ages.