"Changing the face of coalfields communities."


Welcome to the Coalfields Regeneration Trust

The Coalfields Regeneration Trust (CRT) is the leading regeneration organisation dedicated to improving the quality of life in Britain’s former mining communities. We are a charitable company and social enterprise with teams deployed across England, Scotland and Wales.

Since 1999 we have invested hundreds of millions of pounds into projects that make a positive difference to the lives of people in our target communities across Britain and we develop programmes and deliver activities that help people gain new skills, achieve qualifications, find work, set up and grow new businesses and become more active in their communities. Whilst these activities have impacted positively on thousands of people over the years, challenges still remain and we are committed to responding to these.

New Strategy Launched

We launched our new strategy (2016-2019) at Westminster on 1st March 2016. The strategy reaffirms our commitment to the coalfield communities of England, Scotland and Wales, sets out our new objectives in the context of the evidenced problems and reflects on the need for collaboration and partnership to address these. A PDF version can be downloaded through the following link Our Strategy 2016-2019

Study Evidences the Need for Continued Support of Coalfield Communities

The Coalfields Regeneration Trust commissioned the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research at Sheffield Hallam University to compare economic and social conditions in the former mining areas of England, Scotland and Wales with the rest of the country.

‘The State of the Coalfields – economic and social conditions in the former mining communities of England, Scotland and Wales’ report identifies there are still significant problems for the majority of Britain’s coalfield communities such as; fewer jobs; lower business formation rates; higher unemployment rates; more people with serious health issues; higher numbers in receipt of welfare benefits and a struggling voluntary and community sector than national averages. The report goes on to say that for the 5.5 million people in Great Britain who live in former mining areas, there is still a ‘compelling case’ for continued support and access to funding.

The full report can be downloaded through the following link: publications

Trustee Recruitment

The Coalfields Regeneration Trust is calling upon its communities to join its Board of Trustees to make a lasting and positive difference for future generations.

Looking to appoint two new members to the Board, for the first time the organisation is putting out a direct appeal to its communities, to encourage those that understand the many and varied challenges faced by the coalfields, to come forward.

Having recently launched a three-year strategy, the organisation is committed to addressing the shortage of skills, lack of jobs and poor health within the coalfields throughout England, Scotland and Wales.

Chief Executive of the Coalfields Regeneration Trust, Gary Ellis said: “We have made such an impact over the last 15 years and need to continue with this momentum in order to change the lives of those living in the coalfields. There is still a job to be done, and that is why the appointments to the board are fundamental to our ongoing success.

“We are keen to put in place a board that is reflective of the communities in which we work, and as such want to champion diversity. We would encourage anyone who has a real desire to want to change the future for former mining communities to apply.”

For further details, please email recruitment@coalfields-regen.org.uk

Please note that the closing date will be Friday 2 September at 5pm.