County community organisation celebrates ten years at bash in Kettering

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An organisation created to provide volunteering opportunities and work with young people while also improving the environment celebrated its tenth anniversary on Friday (July 3).

Groundwork Northamptonshire was set up a decade ago and since then has been involved in numerous community projects all over the county.

The anniversary was celebrated at the Green Patch in Kettering, which Groundwork has run since 2007, with about 100 invited guests including Kettering mayor June Derbyshire and Dr Ahmed Mukhtar, the High Sheriff of Northamtponshire.

Green Patch is a community gardening project at the edge of the Grange estate.

Speaking at the event, Groundwork community manager Andy Corner said: “This is a really exciting day. Not many organisations get to ten years.

“Green Patch best demonstrates the work we do. The young people who come down get a lot from it and some really good youth work is done here.

“It’s an award-winning facility and rightly so.”

Videos were shown to the invited guests and dignitaries of some of the work done by Groundwork and Green Patch. Volunteers spoke on the video about how Green Patch has given them more confidence and has also helped them after they have lost employment.

Tony Robbs, the chairman of the Groundwork board, said the charity had grown from being run by a handful of people to an organisation with 40 staff and a turnover of £1 million in a decade.

He added: “We are involved in so many different things. From community games to growing spaces to community development.”

Dr Mukhtar congratulated Groundwork on reaching the ten year milestone and Insp Julie Mead, who created the Jam team alongside Corby youth worker Anne-Marie Lawson, spoke about how Jam has used Groundwork to help numerous young people.

Made in Corby also showed a video and presentation about some of the work they have done.

Groundwork Northamptonshire celebrated its 10th anniversary with about 100 invited guests at the Green Patch in Kettering

Groundwork Northamptonshire celebrated its 10th anniversary with about 100 invited guests at the Green Patch in Kettering