Groundwork NI has a long sustained history of working in the areas most affected by  conflict, poverty and deprivation. We have a history of engagement with hard-to-reach groups and can show sustained developmental work and projects with these groups.  We access groups through a community development approach engaging people in their area, at a time and venue that makes them feel comfortable. We support and challenge individuals and groups, developing trust and maintaining relationships. We have a high number of communities that we have co-produced multiple projects with. We work to ensure that the projects we deliver reflect our regional spread across Northern Ireland, both urban and rural, as well as the areas most affected by  conflict and deprivation.  The problems we address include:

  • Social disadvantage 
  • Isolation
  • Mental health 
  • Loneliness
  • Community deprivation 
  • Divided communities

We directly address these problems by improving the prospects of individuals and the communities in which they live.  Our interventions increase the confidence, skills and wellbeing of individuals while also making communities less divided, safer and healthier places to live work and play.  We believe that no-one should be disadvantaged because of who they are or where they are from.  We see the potential in every individual we come into contact with and encourage them to do the same.  What we do changes lives and changes communities giving them an opportunity to lift their heads up despite any challenges, barriers or experiences they have had to date.

David Law Chair

Cara Cash Marley Chief Executive

Why Groundwork NI is supporting Boardroom Apprentice

“We believe that good governance is fundamental in a charity, giving comfort and confidence to those organisations that entrust us with their money and depend on us to help them deliver their objectives.  The sector needs committed and experienced Board members; however, being a Board member of a charity carries huge responsibilities and not everyone who joins the Board of a charity is fully aware of these.  We think the Boardroom Apprentice provides people with the opportunity to experience Board membership without the fear of having a lack of experience or knowledge so that they are better equipped to decide if they want to join a Board and if so, for which organisation.”

Location of Board and Committee Meetings

Various for Board meetings

63-75 Duncairn Gardens for Committee meetings

All meetings currently being carried on-line

Frequency and timing of board/committee meetings

Board and Committee meetings are held quarterly. 

Meetings generally start at 4.00 p.m. some may start at 09.00 a.m.

Date of Board Meetings (September 2021 – August 2022)

24th August @ 4.00

23rd November @ 4.00   (preceded by AGM at 3:30)

Committee of the Boards and meeting dates (September 2021 – August 2022)

Governance and Audit Committee

3rd August @ 4:30 

2nd November @ 9:00 

Strategic Business Development Committee

10th August @ 4.30 

9th November @ 4.30

Finance and Personnel Committee

17th August @ 4.00

16th November @ 4.00