As a large and successful international company, Kingspan recognises its role in contributing to the communities in which it operates. Across our site locations, we work with a number of local schools, sports clubs and community organisations, providing sponsorships and support for fundraising events.

The Kingspan Insulation Community Trust was established in 2006 as a registered charity, through which Kingspan donates to community initiatives around Herefordshire, and more recently, North Yorkshire. To date, over £100,000 has been awarded for projects supporting conservation and biodiversity, health and fitness of young people, or promotion of road safety in the local community. However, the success of the Trust has meant that the quantity of suitable applications from the three recipient areas has dwindled over the last couple of years. Consequently, the Trustees of the Kingspan Insulation Community Trust have decided to expand the Trust to include a wider geographical area around Kingspan’s Pembridge site, so that it can continue to provide funding to worthwhile projects. Further details on this Trust can be found on its website:

www.kingspaninsulationcommunitytrust.org

Habitat creation at Pembridge Primary School, Herefordshire, UK

Kingspan has also participated in or initiated several large scale community participation events. These include hosting the breakfast launch for “The Big Dee Day” on behalf of Flintshire Countryside Services, supporting the clean-up of the Dee Estuary. Over 600 people took part from local businesses, community groups, schools and local authorities including many from Kingspan. The Dee Estuary has been designated as a Ramsar site under the Ramsar Convention of Wetlands of International Importance and as a Special Protection Area (SPA) under the EC Birds Directive. The site is of ecological significance due to its populations of internationally important wintering waterfowl and tern species and its intertidal mud and sandflats, salt marsh and transitional habitats. Kingspan is also supporting the Welsh Assembly’s “All Wales Coastal Path Project” for 2012.

Kingspan staff photographed at the Big Dee Cleanup Day with David Bellamy

Kingspan employees help to transform St Winefride’s into a Forest School

Also during 2012, more than 30 volunteers from Kingspan Panels swapped their usual Friday at work for a day giving back to the community as part of Business in the Community’s ‘Give & Gain Day’ during which St. Winefride’s Catholic Primary School in Holywell, UK had their ‘Forest School’ area revamped. After months of planning, volunteers from Kingspan created the outdoor learning environment in the playground in just one day which included a bird viewing station, a playground map of the world, raised beds, a new sand pit, blackboards and an upgrade to the seating areas all greatly benefiting the 152 pupils in attendance at the school.

Kingspan have also worked together with Cross Cause to help relieve the plight of the less fortunate in Romania and Eastern Europe. Kingspan provided insulated panels to roof all the buildings that provide residence, education, therapy and medical care at the Cross Cause centres.

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