Find out more about the 2019 Groundwork Community Awards Finalists. Thirty projects were shortlisted across ten categories.
Best community contribution to sport or physical activity
Bexley Mencap supports people with learning disabilities to lead an active and fulfilling life.
The Community Integrated Care Learning Disability Super League gives people with learning disabilities and autism the opportunity to play an adapted version of Rugby League
Gympanzees was created in 2017 to provide fully inclusive leisure facilities for 0-25 year olds with disabilities and their families.
Best community garden or greenspace
The Allotment Angels project is part of the Include Me 2 Club SCIO – an award-winning volunteer-led Scottish charity working with children, young people and adults who have additional support needs and disabilities
Auchinleck Community Development Initiative (ACDI) are the driving force behind a community garden in the heart of a rural ex-coalfield village of Auchinleck
Friends of Friarwood Valley Gardens is a voluntary community group that was formed in 2012 to restore and preserve Pontefract’s Valley Gardens, an urban green space which had suffered decades of neglect.
Best community group contribution to health and wellbeing
Taylor Made Dreams is a charity that enables children with life limiting illnesses and terminal conditions to achieve their dream.
Blood Bikes Scotland offers a free of charge transport service to NHS Lothian, Borders, Fife and Forth Valley. Via a fleet of ten specially adapted hi-viz motorbikes.
Reach Out; Start to End Suicide’ is a campaign dedicated to the prevention of suicide, run by START, a mental health charity in Salford
Community group contribution to environmental sustainability
I’m Back Caring – Clean the River is a campaign to end sewage pollution entering the River Esk in Midlothian and to clean up Midlothian’s worst polluted area
St Wilfrid’s CE Primary School ‘Eco Warriors’ are a group of highly passionate primary school children who are working to create a greener Northenden.
For 60 years Surrey Wildlife Trust’s mission has been to restore nature across Surrey and to inspire people to value and take action for wildlife.
Community group contribution to community cohesion
Connors Toy Library is a charity that provides play and stay sessions, toy loan and 1:1 support for hard to reach and vulnerable families in the local communit
Heston West Big Local is a community group that encourages, inspires and helps local people to live healthier and happier lives
Vee’s Place is a community initiative that works to bring the community closer together through a range of innovative projects
Community group contribution to education or employment
Endeavour Woodcrafts CIC is a day service for adults with learning disabilities and mental health issues that provides training and education in woodwork and crafts.
The Family Trust is a Kent-based Christian children and young people’s charity. In 2018 they engaged with over 50,000 children through activities and initiatives. They are inclusive of all those with faith and those with none
Oakwell Rise Primary Academy works in strong partnership with the community to develop the education, provision and opportunities available to pupils, parents/carers, families and the wider community.
Community leader of the year
Danny Barnes is the founder of ‘Acknowledging Youths CIC’ – an organisation that supports young people to improve their lives by providing education, training and employment opportunities
Anna Kennedy OBE is an educational entrepreneur and founder of the Anna Kennedy Online charity that raises awareness for autism.
Garry Wakeham is the founder of ‘Open Arms East Devon’, an organisation that works with people living with mental health illness in East Devon..
Best community partnership with business
The Grange Centre is a charity and social enterprise for people with disabilities providing services supporting people with learning disabilities to lead independent and fulfilling lives.
Home-Start Glasgow North is a family support charity based in the North of Glasgow that supports families going through challenging times.
Market Rasen Station Community Project CIC is a community group initiative that was formed to renovate the town’s former railway station for community and business use.
Young community leader of the year
Mima Letts is the Founder and Director of Tree Sparks, a social enterprise on a mission to dispel the myths surrounding forestry and help grow the next generation of forestry and environmental leader
Harry Deacon, 23 is the co-founder of Cultivate Cornwall CIC, an initiative that supports the development of community groups across Cornwall..
Bethan Owen, 17, is a young carer and the founder of a not-for-profit karate club for young people in her local area
Community group of the year – all round achievement award
Stevenage Against Domestic Abuse (SADA) provides advice, guidance and support to individuals and their families who have experienced domestic abuse, led by victims and survivors themselves.
Liverpool Six Community Association is a community centre that provides a range of services for the whole community under one roof, supporting both families and individuals who are in need
Springboard Opportunity Group is a community-based charity supporting children from birth to five-years with disabilities and additional needs, and their families.