Kasbah building set to become a support hub

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 16 Jan 2019

ABP has welcomed its first new tenants to the Kasbah.

Art group CREATivE stART are hoping to transform an empty fish merchant building into a "creative support hub".

The Auckland Road venture, entitled The Great Escape, will aid people in recovery from addiction as well as army veterans through group Veterans Still Serving.

“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 like-minded people.”

Their creative programme of recovery will be led by experts in a "safe and non-judgmental social environment" that promotes peer support.

The Kasbah area was once the bustling centre of Grimsby's mighty fishing industry but today it is struggling(Image: Jon Corken)

The group's move onto Grimsby Docks is set to be the first of many as the Kasbah regeneration project, highlighted by our Stop The Rot campaign, picks up steam.

ABP, North East Lincolnshire Council and Historic England committed to the 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.

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 CREATivE stART team will be inviting the public to help provide a complete overhaul inside the building and open the workshop as soon as possible.

The aim is that, ultimately, volunteers will be responsible for running the building and opening the services up to the wider community.

For more information on how you can get involved, you get in touch with the CREATivE stART team through their website.

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