Construction Labour Market in the UK is in Crisis

A construction worker wearing a hard hat, gloves and an orange high-vis jacket measuring timber.

The construction industry serves as a vital indicator of a successful economy. In the UK, circumstances rooted in the 1982 Industrial Training Act have collided, creating a perfect storm of labour market shortages whose effects are likely to be felt well beyond the construction sector. The successful revitalisation of the stagnating UK economy will rely …

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Navigating Social Norms

A few weeks ago, I met someone whose description of their experiences in the outdoor field made me question what I know and understand about leadership in the outdoors. It was a chance encounter. After small talk and niceties we meandered to the topic of leadership in the outdoor industry, and through my hazy knowledge …

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Growing Creativity at Bluecoat Arts Centre Liverpool

Over the past four months I’ve been working at Bluecoat Arts Centre with a group of volunteers on their Growing Creativity Project, which is helping people with learning difficulties and disabilities to reshape the Bluecoat Garden and create some unique artwork for the outdoors space. The Bluecoat Arts Centre is situated in the heart of …

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Arts Trail Commission with Groundwork Cheshire

I have been very fortunate to work with Groundwork Cheshire on a commission at their Grozone project since October.  The commission is an extended participatory project – working with volunteers and visitors to the Community Garden to create an arts trail using materials from the garden around the theme of Humans within our Landscape. At …

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Working with Willow at Grozone with Groundwork Cheshire

As part of the arts trail commission for Groundwork we have been working with willow grown in the community garden at Grozone in Northwich. Using nature’s own resources and working with the ethos of Groundwork, the garden and the volunteers we used willow cut freshly from the grounds and from the weeping willows along the …

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