ABP this week welcomed its first tenants to have taken responsibility for a property as part of the Kasbah regeneration project at the Port of Grimsby.
ABP, NELC and Historic England committed to the Kasbah regeneration project last year under the Greater Grimsby Heritage Action Zone. The project will see a number of vacant buildings being restored to support a number of sectors including, business, seafood and culture. By bringing these buildings back in to use, ABP hopes that both the local community and economy will benefit.
As a result of the programme, CREATivE stART, a local peer support art programme, will be taking on a former fish merchant building on Auckland Road.
Their new venture, to be named The Great Escape, will be hosted on site and used as a creative workshop and support centre for Armed Forces veterans, through support group Veterans Still Serving, and people in recovery from addition, who reside in Grimsby and the surrounding areas.
“The name seemed so fitting for our new project,” said CREATivE stART Director Sam Delaney, “We aim to create a space where anyone feels welcome to come along and express their creativity, to get support in setting up their own projects or even just to make friends with likeminded people.”
CREATivE stART is already well known in the area for creating murals across the town, such as the famous faces painting which adorns the St. James underpass in central Grimsby. Through their website, blog and social media sites, members of CREATivE stART invite people to come along and join in with their projects, with no pressure to commit.
Ashley Curnow, ABP Port Manager for Grimsby said: “We’re extremely pleased to be able to announce the start of our regeneration project, especially by welcoming tenants with such an inspiring ethos. We look forward to supporting CREATivE stART through their new venture at the port.”
In the coming weeks, the team will be inviting the public to help with the regeneration works at the building. People in a recovery programme, Armed Forces Veterans and their family members, will all be the key groups who will be involved in the project. The aim is that ultimately, these groups will be responsible for running the building and opening the services up to the wider community.
The building will need a complete interior overhaul, and Sam is hoping that with an army of volunteers, they can have their workshop open as soon as possible.
Members of the organisation can take part in a creative programme of recovery, led by experts in a safe and non-judgmental social environment that promotes peer support.