Groundwork Dearne Valley Move into the Area
Groundwork Dearne Valley, an environmental charity established in 1995 by Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham Councils to assist local people to improve their environment has recently started working in the Roundhouse area.

Groundwork Dearne Valley is part of a national federation of Groundwork Trusts. Groundwork is a leading national environmental regeneration charity, who undertakes projects from small community schemes to major regional and national programmes. Groundwork’s national network of over 50 local Trusts, each work in partnership with local people, local authorities and businesses to promote economic and social regeneration by improvements to the local environment.

Groundwork believes in using the environment as a tool to engage and motivate local people to improve their quality of life. Our activities reach over a third of the population and we are increasingly working with the most excluded groups within society.

Groundwork Dearne Valley works with residents to regenerate their own communities. This process provides new facilities but, more importantly, helps residents develop the skills to continue with this regeneration.

The Trust focuses on particular towns and villages for a three-five year period, after an invitation by the Local Authority. These towns and villages are identified by the Local Authorities as in need of regeneration and priorities for future investment. To date these towns and villages include Bolton on Dearne, Thurnscoe, Kendray and the Houghtons in Barnsley; Kilnhurst, Kimberworth, Blackburn, Swinton, Maltby and Rawmarsh & Parkgate in Rotherham and Mexborough, Rossington, Edlington, Highfields, Thorne & Moorends and the Central New Deal areas in Doncaster.

We work with local people to carry out a physical regeneration of their communities. We involve them in all aspects of this work. Places are improved and residents are able to continue with their long-term care. This approach can then be sustained. Typically, this programme will include the improvement and provision of sports and play facilities, new parks, improvements work in school grounds, new footpaths/cycle ways and work on local amenities such as allotments.

If you would like to get involved or for further information please phone Alex Benson, Community Project Officer, on 01226 740077 or vist the website

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