Artlandish is a Community Arts Group based at the Discovery Centre, Lakeside, Cleethorpes. It works throughout North East Lincolnshire with people from the age of 5 years upwards on a wide range of creative projects. It was established as a registered charity in 1996 and is annually funded by the Arts Council. The charity not only works as an art group, it also uses creative tasks to help people to build confidence and self esteem, supporting their first steps to re-engagement and learning.
The charity - which won a £1,000 NatWest Community Fund award in 2010 - put out a request for some volunteers to help out with general duties such as restocking the shelves, visual displays and tidying their stock room at the gallery, and the NatWest team were happy to be involved. The banking team also gave the charity a hand with contacting schools and colleges to promote the galleries available at Artlandish.
Claire Taylor, manager of NatWest Cleethorpes branch, who lead the team of volunteers, said: "My colleagues and I are very much aware of the great work Artlandish does, so when they put out a call for help, we were happy to answer it. One of the commitments of NatWest's Customer Charter is 'to support the communities in which we live and work', so it was important for us to be involved in this important local charity."
Claire added: "In addition to the help we gave on the day, we are continuing to work with Artlandish and we have helped them design some cotton bags which will be sold to raise funds for the charity."
Tom Ryan, NatWest's Local Chief Executive Officer for North Lincolnshire, said: "I'm delighted my colleagues have given the team at Artlandish such a big hand. A key part of my role is to work closely with my team to ensue that NatWest locally really does deliver helpful banking to heart of the local community. Undertaking volunteer work such as this and our recently launched CommunityForce initiative is part of our ongoing commitment to support the communities where we live and work."