The Dearne Valley Employment and Skills project delivered by the Coalfields Regeneration Trust, the only organisation dedicated to supporting former mining towns and villages, has secured £32,000 thanks to a donation from Ladbrokes Coral.

The funding, which is allocated to the Dearne Valley Employment and Skills project, will mark the sixth year the company has shown its support with a total investment of £190,000 since it first developed the strategic partnership with the charity in 2013. 

During the first five years the project has worked with 420 people and reported that 183 have secured work, 16 have become involved in volunteering and 133 have accessed training to build their skills and employment prospects.

The total social wellbeing value of the activity that has been delivered is £2,887,362* which represents a social return on investment of £18 for every £1 spent over the first five years of the project. This makes it one of the most successful corporate partnerships delivered by The Coalfields Regeneration Trust since it began in 1999.

Head of Operations (England) for the Coalfields Regeneration Trust, Andy Lock, comments: “What most people don’t see is the impact that a project like this can have on a community. Finding work isn’t always easy if you’ve been long-term unemployed but the right support when you need it most can be life-changing.

“We would like to thank Ladbrokes Coral for their continued support and as an exemplar of what can be achieved when two organisations work together to benefit coalfield communities, not just in the Dearne Valley but throughout the country.”

Grainne Hurst, Corporate Affairs Director at Ladbrokes Coral said, "We are committed to supporting the local communities in which we operate and our partnership with the Coalfields Regeneration Trust is an excellent example of what can be achieved when we work with organisations who are on the ground, directing resources to where it is needed most. 

“The impact of this project will make a long-term, positive and lasting difference to the individuals, families and communities who have benefited from the great work of the Trust."