Impact Arts Awarded £5k at Clydesdale Bank Community Spirit Awards

Tue 24th June 2014

20th June 2014

Clydesdale Bank Recognises Community Spirit in Irvine

Impact Arts (Projects) Ltd in Irvine
has been awarded a funding boost of £5,000 through the Clydesdale Bank Spirit
of the Community Awards to recognise the important role it plays in the local

The Spirit of the Community Awards
announced the substantial donations to voluntary groups at an awards ceremony
in Glasgow to recognise the charities and not-for-profit organisations which
are going the extra mile.


Twelve community groups across
Scotland were selected to share funding of £75,000 to make a real difference in
their local areas, including Impact Arts (Projects) Ltd – an arts charity
committed to engaging vulnerable community groups through art work within
social regeneration projects.

The charity has been awarded £5,000 to
engage 50 children and young people from Broomlands to transform an underused
and neglected gap site adjacent to the Oasis Cafe into a new, biodiverse
community greenspace where people can spend time outdoors learning about nature
and the importance of protecting the environment.

Now in their second year, the awards were open to a range
of organisations across the third sector which could demonstrate their support
for the local community. Groups were
invited to enter the awards scheme under one of three categories; education,
employability and environment.

An overall winning group has been selected in each
category securing £10,000 of funding, along with three highly commended winners
that were each awarded £5,000.

David Thorburn, Chief Executive of
Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks, said: “Clydesdale Bank’s Spirit of the
Community Awards recognise and support the important role that voluntary and
charitable organisations play in their local communities. It has been inspiring
to see the great work that is being done at grass roots level across the


“Impact Arts (Projects) Ltd is an extremely deserving winner and has been
recognised for its community spirit with this award from Clydesdale Bank.”

Kirsty Gallacher, Programme Manager at
Impact Arts (Projects) Ltd, said: “Receiving this award from Clydesdale Bank will
allow Impact Arts to enhance its partnership working in communities which need
it the most. We are delighted to have this opportunity to deliver this project
which will enable us to make the ‘idea’ happen and engage with the local
community to transform landscapes together through creativity and environmental

Clydesdale Bank’s sister organisation,
Yorkshire Bank, has also announced 12 successful recipients of £75,000 as part
of the Spirit of the Community Awards initiative. This brings the total funds awarded to 24
community groups up and down the country to £150,000.

For further information about
Clydesdale and Yorkshire Bank Foundation’s Spirit of the Community Awards,
please visit

The Clydesdale Bank Spirit of the
Community Award Winners are:

Education category

· Citizens
Advice Bureau Coatbridge

· Positive
Action in Housing Ltd

· Deaf

· Shelter

Employability category

· Citizens
Advice Bureau Western Isles

· Amina
– the Muslim Women’s Resource Centre

· North
East Sensory Services (NESS)

· Poppyscotland

Environment category

· Impact
Arts (Projects) Ltd

· Possibilities
for Each and Every Kid (PEEK) Ltd

· Scottish
Seabird Centre

· Kilsyth
Community Market Garden t/a Kelvin Valley Honey


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Editors’ Notes

Clydesdale Bank:

Clydesdale Bank is part of the
National Australia Bank Group. Clydesdale Bank was established in 1838 in
Glasgow and, as one of Scotland’s largest banks, has a proud history of
innovation and support for industry and communities across the UK.