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

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 community.

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 country.


“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 design.”

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 Action

· Shelter Scotland

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


This Media Release and its contents are intended for journalistic and editorial purposes only. They are not intended as an advert or invitation to customers, or potential customers, to take or enquire about any products and/or services from the Bank.

For further information, contact:

Roanna Katz The BIG Partnership 0141 333 9585/07846 786 265

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.

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