Redcar Development Trust (RDT) has hired a community engagement specialist as it bids to secure extra cash that will allow new schemes in the area to get off the ground. 

Development worker Pippa Ware has joined the organisation with the remit of identifying training and employment opportunities for young jobseekers, strengthening links with key public and private sector partners, and organising events that will generate income for RDT. The organisation will then invest the funds in training, employment and community schemes that will benefit local residents. 

Pippa, 33, brings to the role extensive experience of the fundraising sector, having worked on community engagement schemes throughout the North East and Yorkshire. Previously she worked for Gateshead Council as a sport, lifestyle and development officer and was also involved in community projects surrounding the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. 

Her appointment comes after RDT secured extra funding for the post in the form of a grant from the Teesside Offshore Community Benefit Fund, which was launched by EDF Energy Renewables in partnership with the Tees Valley Community Foundation in 2013. 

Pippa says: “I can’t wait to get started in my new role at RDT. Redcar has a lot to offer and my aim is to build on the excellent community schemes that are already in place here.”

RDT was born out of Coatham Memorial Hall Association (CMHA) which was established in 2006 as a multi-purpose organisation that supported the local community. The CMHA evolved from the Redcar Amateur Boxing Club, which was launched by ex-boxer Frankie Wales and prepares young unemployed people for work by giving them life skills such as teamwork, discipline and communication. Today the boxing club is still run from Coatham Memorial Hall – the current home of RDT.

Frankie Wales, founder of RDT, said: “Pippa’s attributes and experience will be invaluable as we look to generate extra income that will fund schemes such as the boxing club, which still runs today. We are very grateful to EDF Energy Renewables for the grant, without which Pippa’s appointment would not have been possible.”

EDF Energy Renewables, which owns and operates the Teesside offshore wind farm off the coast of Redcar, has supported more than 40 local causes through the Teesside Offshore Community Benefit Fund. Community groups on Teesside are eligible to apply for financial support from the fund for projects, activities and events that benefit local people.

James Wilson, Operations Engineer for the wind farm at EDF Energy Renewables, said: “We are always happy to support RDT, which has been a part of the Teesside community for the best part of a decade. I’m confident that Pippa’s appointment will boost RDT’s resources and the offering it provides to local residents.”