Social enterprise celebrates its year

Groundwork NE & Cumbria chairman Jim Carrick, chief executive Kate Culverhouse, senior project officer Kath Marshall-Ivens, and trustee Niki Gott.
Groundwork NE & Cumbria chairman Jim Carrick, chief executive Kate Culverhouse, senior project officer Kath Marshall-Ivens, and trustee Niki Gott.

A social enterprise has been celebrating its first year of helping improve communities with green themed projects, including one in Morpeth.

Groundwork NE & Cumbria demonstrated its mission to enhance places where people live, work and play by holding its annual meeting with an allotments theme.

Milestones and achievements during 2013-14 were outlined to the meeting, which included delivering 350 projects across the region working with some of the most disadvantages communities and individual, helping 422 people into jobs,planting 19,516 trees, and improving 1,439,477 sq metres of land.

Groundwork NE & Cumbria has a base in Morpeth, and the AGM was held in County Durham, where the venue was decorated with. wheelbarrows, wellies, bunting and fruit and vegetables.

There were also presentations showcasing the benefits of using the environment for improvement to physical and mental health and the ‘Galvanise Green’ team programme, which involves ex-offenders working on environmental improvement projects and ground maintenance contracts.

Chief executive Kate Culverhouse said: “The fantastic achievements during the last 12 months are testament to the enthusiasm, hard work and dedication of our 165 staff and 120 volunteers.

“We have been able to improve people’s employment prospects, enhance neighbourhoods and environments, and promote greener living.”