24 Jan 2019

Youngsters dancing on air following British Steel grant

More than 500 youngsters who use a community centre in Scunthorpe are celebrating after British Steel unveiled plans to help transform their building with a grant from its Landfill Communities Funding scheme.

The £10,666 grant will enable the Kimberley Performing Arts Centre (KPAC), on Enderby Road in the town to improve its facilities and move a step closer to achieving plans to become a hub for the local community.

“This British Steel investment is a huge boost to our organisation and will go a long way to helping us move forward with our vision to increase our offering to the local community,” said KPAC Principal, Kimberley Gribben.

“Our primary goal as an organisation is to provide the North Lincolnshire community with access to high quality performing arts training, however our facilities are not just used by performing arts students, but also hundreds of people from a variety of community groups in the region.

“We want to expand this by becoming a focal point in the local area. Our long-term goals include the creation of a community café and increasing our offering for older groups in our communities, as well as people with disabilities.

“As a not-for-profit organisation we invest everything we have back into the services we offer the community so it’s very challenging for us to find money to improve the centre.

“This backing from British Steel is fantastic news and will be welcomed by everyone who uses the centre as we make much-needed improvements over the coming months.”

KPAC is a Community Interest Company which provides performing arts training for more than 300 local youngsters, as well as providing facilities for other community organisations to hold their activities. It is estimated more than 500 people use the centre on a weekly basis.

The organisation is located within the former South Leys School Building in the Riddings area of Scunthorpe. Improvements to be made to the 56- year-old building using the money from British Steel’s Landfill Communities Funding scheme include a new roof and an improved heating system.

British Steel Plant Engineer and Community Steering Group member Mark Ding, said: “KPAC is already offering a valuable service to the Scunthorpe community and has ambitious long-term goals to play a much bigger part in serving the needs of more vulnerable groups of people in the area.

“In order to achieve this the building desperately needs urgent repairs to its roofing and heating, and we’re very happy to be able to provide money through our Landfill Communities Funding scheme to help the organisation on its journey to transform the centre and make it fit-for-purpose to serve the future needs of our communities.”

The Landfill Communities Fund is a scheme which enables organisations operating landfill sites to invest a proportion of their landfill tax to supporting community and environmental projects. To apply for support from the scheme a community organisation must be located within 10 miles of a landfill site. Further information on eligibility criteria is available at www.entrust.org.uk/landfill-community-fund

British Steel’s scheme is administered on behalf of the company by the Environmental Body Mondegreen. Anyone wishing to find out if their project might be eligible for support should contact Mondegreen by emailing angelapease@mondegreen.org.uk

British Steel’s Landfill Communities Funding scheme is part of the company’s wider Building Stronger Communities programme which supports the economic and social wellbeing of the communities in which it operates. Further information about this programme is available at www.britishsteel.co.uk

Anyone who would like to find out more about KPAC should visit www.kimberleyperformingarts.co.uk