Supporting local communities
We have a long-standing presence in the UK with strong ties with the communities who live close to our sites. Their input and feedback help us to improve how we operate. We also aim to share wider benefits with communities beyond our day-to-day work.
We support communities near to our UK operations in a number of ways, through activities that meet community needs or address particular issues, often based on their suggestions. Our contribution to communities ranges from providing grants to local charities to supporting projects that help reduce crime in the area.
Boosting life skills
Shell Twilight Basketball has run in Scotland for a number of years. The programme is a partnership with the government’s Cashback for Communities scheme and provides free basketball coaching for young people aged 10-19. A range of other activities and sessions help them to address wider needs, such as how to deal with a conflict, and gain formal qualifications or employment.
The programme was developed in response to community concerns about levels of youth crime, usually where young people had too little to do in their spare time. It now operates across Scotland and has been a great success in giving young people the opportunity to gain important life skills while they play basketball.
It has also led to a reduction in crime in the areas where it operates. In Peterhead, vandalism fell by a third, while youth annoyance crime was down nearly a quarter.