Our communities - Drax
Our communities

We are a core part of the communities in which we are located and we aim to make a real, positive difference to the people that live around us. We regularly talk to our local authorities – for example, the parish, district and county councils serving the communities around our power station in Yorkshire. This maintains our connection to local civic groups and organisations, and supports them in improving the local area.

As a major employer, supplier and contractor, we support local and national businesses by providing jobs and encouraging local companies to bid for contracts to supply the many goods and services we need.

When it comes to supporting the communities around us, we know we can do so much more than provide employment or financial support. We can tap into the same spirit that looked ahead to a clean-energy future to bring new dynamism to the people and organisations that can change our local areas for good.

That’s why across Drax Group, we also support a wide range of local environmental, educational and charity activities. We are developing talent and helping equip the next generation with the science and engineering skills they’ll need to succeed. We are powering communities by helping organisations shape a brighter future through fundraising and investment. And we’re celebrating the local heroes who are already making things happen.

Socioeconomic impact

There are 14,150 jobs that are supported by Drax Group in the UK. Our economic impact on the UK was £1.24bn, as calculated by Oxford Economics. In Yorkshire and the Humber alone, 4,500 jobs are supported by Drax and £493m is injected into the local economy thanks to our own business spend, the economic activity of our employees, plus that of our suppliers and their employees.

Sponsorship

Drax Inspire

Drax has long history of supporting our local communities and we are playing our part and responding to government aims to make sure that education provides the skilled workforce employers need, helping individuals reach their full potential. Through our Drax Inspire programme we focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) and digital outreach, innovating skills and transforming employability, creating a positive impact in the communities where we operate.

Drax will consider requests for charitable and non-charitable donations to support the objectives of Drax Inspire and improving our local community.

Charitable and non-charitable donations

  • All requests for funding will be considered by Drax Power Limited Charity Committee
  • Funds will only be allocated to requests from charitable and non-charitable organisations based within a 30-mile radius of Drax Power Station. The organisation must support one of the following objectives in helping people gain practical experiences in:
    – STEM or digital education;
    – innovating skills;
    – improving employability, or;
    – improving our local community – supporting initiatives which celebrate and support the vibrancy and people of our local community
  • Awards will only be made to charity or non-charity groups that support these objectives

Eligibility

If your charity or organisation supports STEM or digital outreach, innovating skills and transforming employability, or improving our local community please apply in writing via post or our enquiry form. Your request will be considered by our Drax Power Limited Charity Committee.

Postal address

Drax Power Limited Charity Committee

Drax Power Station

Selby

North Yorkshire YO8 8PH

Visit the websites of our businesses to find out about sponsorship initiatives in our other locations.

Power Station Consultative Committee

Being open and transparent is an important part of what we do. That’s where the Drax Power Station Consultative Committee (DPSCC) comes in. Meeting once a year, the committee brings together local stakeholders to help advise and consult on the way we work. Committee members include North Yorkshire County Council, Selby District Council, the Environment Agency, local parish councillors, hauliers, Selby Area Internal Drainage Board and the Forestry Commission.

By giving its members regular updates on business issues and providing the opportunity to ask questions about how we’re run, the committee ensures a positive and open dialogue between the Drax team and the local communities that support and sustain us.

Parish and Town Council Liaison meeting

Local councillors are joined by Drax representatives once every three months at the Parish and Town Council Liaison meeting. It provides an additional opportunity for us to discuss issues important to the local community.