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Groundwork trust being planned for the city of Derby and Derbyshire

A new environmental and regeneration charity is being planned for Derby and Derbyshire. It will build on the work of the existing Groundwork Erewash Valley. There are over 50 Groundwork Trusts in the UK and information about them can be obtained on the national web site www.groundwork.org.uk Groundwork Trusts aim to build sustainable communities through joint environmental action. They bring together public, private and voluntary organisations to design and implement projects in a wide variety of work areas. The type of projects that the new Groundwork Derby and Derbyshire may tackle could include: ·designing new green areas, parks and cycleways ·managing training programmes that help individuals get skills and confidence ·building confidence and capacity in local communities ·environmental and heritage education and awareness raising ·integrating the economy and the environment and helping to reduce the environmental impact of companies ·working with young people to realise their potential The new Trust will qualify for core funding from the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, the local authorities and have contributions from the private and voluntary sector in the area. Most Groundwork Trusts have annual turnovers of between £1.5mill and £5mill and employ between 25 and 60 staff. There is an opportunity to assist launch and guide the proposed new Groundwork Derby and Derbyshire by becoming a Board Member. If you are interested, please contact consultant Graham Barrow who is helping to put together the bid document and business plan for the new Trust. He is interested to talk to any private sector people who are based in Derby or Derbyshire and who would be willing to be considered for the Board of the new Groundwork Derby and Derbyshire. Please email Graham Barrow at gaa@bct.ourhmgrldc.k