What Shell is doing

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.

Find out more about Shell Twilight basketball

Grants for community groups that are local to our operations

‘Community grants’ of up to £1,000 are available to groups in the communities where we operate, namely our sites in Aberdeen city, Mossmorran in Fife, St Fergus near Peterhead, and Bacton on the Norfolk coast. These grants are available for both ongoing projects and for the sponsorship of events.

If you qualify your group being active or the project or event will have an impact in the community locations above, please download an application form. You will be asked to specify one of the communities listed above.

As this is a community initiative and we target the grants to benefit our neighbours, we regret we do not extend this offer beyond the communities where we operate, and we cannot process applications that do not meet the location criteria.

Shell UK has other social investment programmes that are active outside these areas where we operate.

Download an application form here

Encouraging volunteering

Around the world we encourage our employees to volunteer, using their skills to support social and environmental projects. 

In the UK we provide Employee Action Grants to Shell employees and pensioners - who volunteer for a minimum of 20 hours a year with a UK charity or community group.

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