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Creswell, Ashfield and Mansfield Newsletter Issue 03 Summer 2011

Young people celebrate their success

Inside this issue... page 2 Rotherham Road playground opened in New Houghton page 3 The Willow Works refurb nears completion page 4 Young people succeed in new Environmental qualification page 5 Groundwork in the districts - Bassetlaw page 6 Crestra Limited project update

Up to 100 hundred young people gathered at the end of the school term to celebrate their achievements throughout the year On Tuesday, 5 July, up to 100 young people gathered with their families and friends for an event to publicly celebrate their achievements. In a ceremony held at the Winding Wheel, Chesterfield, special awards and certificates were presented to young people for levels attained in a range of different courses.

The Groundwork Centre 96 Creswell Road, Clowne Chesterfield, Derbyshire S43 4NA Tel: 01246 570977 Fax: 01246 813200

In total, 11 training providers recognised the achievements in 22 different subject areas. These training providers come together to form the Chesterfield and Bolsover & Staveley Learning Community, offering 22 different learning programmes. The courses vary in subject eg Hair & Beauty,

Vehicle Studies and Engineering. Groundwork offers a part practical, part theory course in Preparation for Employment in the Construction Industry. Young people aged 14 – 16 visit Groundwork one day a week for a year to learn trowel and brickwork skills, paving, health and safety, site awareness and more.

be stood here presenting these awards to these young people today. Their achievements should not be underestimated. They have been a pleasure to work with and I learn as much from them, as they do from us!”.

Carl Mulvey, Quality Lead at Groundwork, presented ten young people with their He also added, certificates on stage. “Thanks must also go to Jacqui Kinch and Lorna Special Awards went Skinner for organising to Josh Cook, for Most an excellent event Improved Student of the to recognise these Year and Jay Garbett, successes, so often we Student of the Year. just hear about the bad things that some young Carl said: people do”. “I feel really honoured to

New playground opened in New Houghton Fun and adventure will now be the top priority for young people in New Houghton thanks to the opening of a new play area on Rotherham Road.

Top - Cllr Howard Wright cuts the ribbon Left - The playground hosts equipment for all ages

On 25 July, the ribbon to a new playground was officially cut, marking the opening of the refurbished, fully accessible play area.

worked with the parish council to consult local residents about what they wanted to see featured in the new play area.

It replaces the old one as its equipment was obsolete and did not meet current health and safety standards.

The feedback from this work has influenced the final design.

The £60,000 scheme was led by Pleasley Parish Council. Funds came from several sources including The Veolia Environmental Trust, through the Landfill Communities Fund. The Parish Council also provided £10,000. The scheme was project managed by Groundwork Creswell, Ashfield and Mansfield and the installation works were carried out by Crestra Limited. It

The new play equipment includes climbing structures for both toddlers and youths, exciting surf and basket swings and a roundabout that can be used by users with disabilities. New safety surfacing has also been laid and the area fully landscaped. Fencing, seating and bins have been installed, as well as self-closing gates to keep dogs out.

The Willow Works Community Open Day... ‘The Willow Works’ is an exciting newly-refurbished community facility set in the picturesque village of Beckingham, near Gainsborough. We would like to invite you an open day to give everyone the opportunity to have a look around this unique heritage building: • • • • • •

Lunchtime BBQ & refreshments. Children’s activities. Willow working demonstration. Learn more of the history of the area. Displays from the local history group, Groundwork, RSPB, Notts Wildlife Trust. See the future plans for a landscaped community garden.

Visit us, 11 - 4, Saturday, 10 September at: The Willow Works, Old Trent Road, Beckingham, DN10 4PY

The Willow Works

National heritage

The Willow Works nears completion in time for Heritage Open Days weekend After several months of extensive refurbishment works, The Willow Works building is nearing completion. The final touches are being carried out on the unique historic building in time to open it’s doors to the public on 10 September 2011. The Willow Works has been a major project for Groundwork and Crestra as they work with local partners to bring the building back in to community use. The venue houses offices, exhibition rooms, training rooms, a function room and full welfare facilities. Located in the village of Beckingham, the local history group will also claim the building as home to provide an educational and historic resource.

the clock to see the final major phase complete. The lift and carpets have been installed, IT connected up and furniture arranged. The offices are now the headquarters of the Trent Vale Landscape Partnership (TVLP).

RSPB, Notts Wildlife Trust and Beckingham-cumSaundby Parish Council. The building is owned by Groundwork and has been fully refurbished by Crestra Limited, from design and planning right through to implementation.

Funding for the major project has come from a variety of partners such as WREN, Heritage Lottery Fund, STAR Energy, Groundwork,

On 10 September 2011, the building will open it’s doors to the general public as part of the national Heritage Open Day initiative.

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Behind the scenes, staff have been working around

The Willow Works and it’s future Renovated to modern standards, yet grounded in the history of the local willow working industry, the refurbished building lends itself well to providing a historical educational resource. It is also located a stones throw from the Beckingham Marshes, and will be heated by renewable technologies. The offices will be the base of the TVLP for all of 2012, while the local history group will be permanently based there. The first floor function room can be hired out for meetings, conferences, weddings, groups and parties.

Before (below)and after (right)


Conference room

Partners such as the RSPB and Wildlife Trust will use it as a base to offer training programmes, while Groundwork hopes to offer learning facilities to local school groups. Further works are planned for the large field adjacent to the building where a grant is being secured to create a landscaped community garden.


Building for a successful future Groundwork ‘magicians’ at Newark Time Travel event! The Trent Vale Landscape Partnership held it’s second annual ‘Time Travel Event’ in Newark on Sat, 30 July. A range of organisations gathered in Newark Castle Gardens to promote the history and heritage of the area. Many stall holders dressed up, with Groundwork girls Maddy and LJ donning a suit, cape and hat. A lot of visitors came and were very interested to hear all about The Willow Works project. The aim of the day was also to gather people’s memories of living and working in the area. Everyone who passed by was encouraged to write something down and submit it. This will form part of the ‘Trent Vales Tales’ project. Memories will be put together by a local writing group to form an oral tale of the area. These were very interesting, particularly the memory from one lady who had an old picture of her mother wading through the flood waters passed The Willow Works when it flooded in the 1940s!

‘Vocational Schools’ is the term given to a two-year practical course offered by Groundwork to GCSEaged young people. As well as taking the traditional subjects in school, young people can choose to attend Groundwork on the Level 1 Preparation for Employment in the Construction Industry programme (PECI). Currently, 33 14-16 year olds are on the programme, all from the Bolsover, Staveley and Chesterfield Learning Community. It has been an extremely popular programme with young people and schools alike. It offers the students a change from the traditional learning environment and an alternative route to accreditation. Attending the Groundwork training offices one day a week, the young people use classroom and practical skills to build a portfolio. Skills are developed in a number of areas, eg: literacy; numeracy; construction work; health & safety; handling & storing; trowel skills and more. Young people respond very well to the different atmosphere of the training facility and strike up a strong bond with their training officers. The attendees also organise their own parents evenings and take part in regular forums to feedback on their learning. Ascentis are the awarding body that moderates the course. On a recent assessment visit it was noted how excellent the young people’s portfolios were and well organised the programme is run. It is anticipated that the programme will go from strengh to strength helping more young people in to further education at college and a future career in the construction industry.

Springwell students branch out in Environmental Studies Young people at Springwell Community College have been widening their curriculum learning with an alternative type of accreditation. Several young people have chosen to do their Envrionmental Sustainability qualification with Groundwork. In an increasingly more environmentalfocussed workforce, this type of learning is becoming more popular. The photo right shows a student receiving his certificate from Paul Coulson, Youth Training Facilitator and Tracey Burnside (Acting Headteacher ). Others who also acheived the

accreditation at the same time are: Carl Walmsley; Simon Gyte; Nathan Redman; and Nathan Taylor (all Level 1 Environmental Sustainability). In addition, James Brewer acheived the qualification at a Level 2 standard.

Groundwork in the districts - BASSETLAW

Groundwork Creswell, Ashfield and Mansfield works in partnership with eight local authorities. This covers large parts of North Nottinghamshire, North Derbyshire and South Yorkshire. With so many projects running it is hard to showcase them all. Here is a selection of projects that have benefitted the Bassetlaw District....

Cuckney Garden Opening A new community garden has been officially unveiled to the public by Cuckney Parish Council. Members of the community gathered at 10 AM on Saturday, 21 May to celebrate the garden’s creation. The land was originally rundown and neglected but with funding from Nottinghamshire County Council’s ‘Local Improvement Scheme’ and assistance from Cuckney Parish Council, Groundwork and Crestra have worked to reclaim the land for the public.

Groundwork Deputy Executive Director, Darren Pollard said “this has been a really good scheme to be involved with as it lies at the heart of the village and really changes the dynamics of how the space is used.” New trees, shrubs, plants and grasses have been

put in. New fencing, in keeping with the previous look, has been put in place and the old gate has had a facelift. Benches are available for the public to sit on and a circular path and steps have been built. Picnic benches are also in place in the garden for all the community to enjoy.

Oasis Centre, Worksop The Oasis Community Garden saw a largescale development of the land adjacent to the community centre. Groundwork landscape architects designed the area, with Crestra carrying out the installation.

The site now has a large play area, car parking and a unique ‘solar dome’. It provides a focal point for many community activities at the centre of Kilton, a large residential area. Big Lottery’s Community Spaces Fund and NCC’s Local Improvement Scheme have provided a total of £125,000 for the project.

Knighton Fields, Worksop

Bassetlaw Caretaker

Bassetlaw DC Chairman, Cllr David Challinor swapped his chains of office for a shovel and a barrow, as Gwk CAM put the finishing touches to the first phase of the new Knighton Fields Community Park behind the St Anne’s Estate.

Groundwork, working in partnership with A1 Housing and Surestart, provide a caretaking service to all A1 housing estates. The caretaking team works to keep areas clean and tidy and assist Housing Officers with reports of antisocial behaviour. Duties include: • Removing litter and dumped rubbish. • Opening and closing of community centres. • Making repairs to estates. • Removing graffiti.

The phase has seen the creation of a natural play area following £21,000 of funding from the M&S Greener Living Spaces programme. The play area encourages the use of imagination and the natural environment providing features such as banking, stepping stones and a wooden climbing frame. Hamish Ross, Store Manager at Worksop M&S said: “It’s really good that M&S as a company gets involved in these projects and they are a real benefit to the local community.”

Nick Smith is the Caretaker Supervisor for the service, he says: “we are a proud team providing this service to the residents the majority are very welcoming of what we do and help us in keeping their neighbourhoods nice places to live”.

Groundwork staff spotlight: Owen Garretty, Community Worker How did you come to work for Groundwork and when did you start? I’d heard about Groundwork before due to the nature of the work I did for the Wildlife Trust, and because I thoroughly enjoyed my time there, and knew Groundwork delivers similar projects, I was always interested in applying for jobs here. I was delighted to accept the post I’m doing now as a Community Project Worker. What does your job involve? Engaging various different communities in a broad range of existing community projects already established in the region. These range from photography competitions, discovering the history and heritage of graveyards, working with schools to deliver environmental art projects, Summer Play schemes for young people, community conservation days and assisting in the organising of stalls. What are you looking forward to most in the

Key Groundwork contacts... Trevor Witts Executive Director GCAM/Crestra Ltd Specific enquiries to: Darren Pollard Construction, housing and landscape Caralynn Gale Education, training, skills and community Lindsey-Jane Buxton Marketing and communications E-mail: Website: Article contributors: Lindsey-Jane Buxton, Darren Pollard, Trevor Witts, Teresa Cooling, Paul Coulson. Head office: 96 Creswell Road Clowne Chesterfield Derbyshire S43 4NA Tel: 01246 570977 Fax: 01246 813200

Worksop office: Rear of Sandy Lane Retail Park Babbage Way Worksop Notts S80 1UJ Fax: 01909 479695

role? I like all aspects of this role, but if I had to choose it would probably be working and meeting so many different and interesting people. It is great to give them the confidence to build on their existing skills and strengths so they are able to reach their full potential and goals. What do you hope to do in the long-term future? I hope to carry on supporting people and implementing what I know and learn more to help various people and the communities they live in. I have no doubts Groundwork will keep up the excellent diverse work it has been delivering, and therefore opportunities will inevitably open up for me. What sort of things do you enjoy doing outside of work? Various outdoor adventurous interests such as exploring, kite flying and cycling, I also like to challenge myself with games, table tennis and football, and I love to pursue my creative side by indulging myself in photography and music.

Crestra short news updates... A lot of Crestra’s work recently has been centering around energy efficiency savings and renewable technologies: Crestra has commenced work on installing 800 properties with loft insulation for a local authority partner..... It has also now completed a roof strengthening programme for South Yorkshire Housing Association photo voltaics in the region..... Crestra has recently won a tender to supply and install solar lighting for a local parish council, this is becoming more prevalent in the area and may lead to more work.... In June, Crestra’s property refurbishment programme was presented to six LAs in the county of Lincolnshire, this is proposed in a joint partnership with Gwk Lincolnshire, Gwk CAM and Crestra Limited...... Crestra has installed a total of four photo voltaic (PV) systems for a local housing association with a further six to have commenced by the end of July..... In keeping with the PV theme, Crestra will be working in partnership with Gwk Leicester & Leicestershire to install PV and help the trust to gain MCS accreditation.

Groundwork CAM July 2011 Newsletter  
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