Groundwork hails year's successes

A backdrop of riots, joblessness and massive spending cuts has thrust Groundwork onto the front-line of Britain's most rundown neighbourhoods, the environmental charity has claimed.

Its Impact Report published last week described last year as "increasingly difficult for the people we seek to help", said chief executive Sir Tony Hawkhead.

"But we have continued to make a measurable difference in many of the most disadvantaged neighbourhoods across Britain and Ireland."

In 2011, Groundwork helped 7,600 people to find work and enabled adults and young people to chalk up 750,000 days of volunteering, he said.

Projects included Blue Sky, helping ex-prisoners find work, and Greener Living Spaces with Marks & Spencer to revamp 100 spaces.

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