Groundwork West Midlands

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SOME OF THE projects spearheaded by this environmental regeneration charity have a big visual impact. In Coventry, Groundwork West Midlands is responsible for a five-mile public art trail along a canal; and in Tipton, where the organisation is based, it has planted hundreds of trees. This small group has 65 employees who run projects for all ages based around the great outdoors in some way. They care whether it succeeds or fails (an 88% positive score). www.groundwork.org.uk

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My Team

94% of staff agreed

I feel a strong sense of family in my team

Groundworks West Midlands hold two staff away day events for all staff including Sessional Workers. On the 9th September 2013 they held it at Keele Hall, Staffordshire. This included presentations in the morning session from the Chair of the Board, Executive Director, Head Teacher of their school, HR Director and two project leads. After lunch, the afternoon was spent having team building fun activities ranging from building communications and listening skills by use of blindfolds to supporting each other by having to eat chocolate! In addition, staff spent an hour on a guided nature walk delivered by the Ranger across the Country Park that they manage. 21st July 2014 – The Welcome Centre, Coventry - Again, this included initial information sessions, including from the Chair of Board and the Executive Director, thanking people for their involvement in the recent awards they have won and an external presentation from a trainer on Managing Stress in the Workplace. This was followed by a riotous speed networking session. After lunch the afternoon included taster sessions on some of the projects delivered by Groundwork staff to their client groups. These included ‘The Smoothie Bike', healthy eating choices by understanding fat content in food, practical household budgeting and an Urban Wildlife Walk with staff creating head wear from flowers and leaves! GWWM provided transport from each local offices, food and refreshments and, of course, activities for the staff away days. The second event featured more hands on project activities following positive feedback from staff about this element. Also a company funded Christmas event which was in works time and involved indoor ten-pin bowling and a meal which was centrally located and well attended by the work force. In addition a company supported Cycle ride which was in works time and included a paid for halfway lunch for all riders and supporters.

My Company

93% of staff agreed

I believe I can make a valuable contribution to the success of this organisation

All Senior Management staff have shared their own motivations for working at Groundwork as part of their “Little Green Book” guide, with some motivated by the concepts of sustainability and others by social justice.

My Manager

91% of staff agreed

I feel that my manager talks openly and honestly with me

All Senior Management staff have shared their own motivations for working at Groundwork as part of their “Little Green Book” guide, with some motivated by the concepts of sustainability and others by social justice.

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Employees earning £35k+
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Women in Senior Management

At least 40% of senior managers are women.

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