CRT has always recognised that grants alone are not a solution for coalfield communities, and has always been more than just a funder in our target areas. We have emerged as a key player facilitating the development of community capacity, by encouraging small voluntary, charitable and other organisations to expand their scope, build new partnerships, and tackle more ambitious projects within their communities.
Finding the resources to fund projects and activities that are important in a community is challenging and complex. CRT will provide useful information, advice and training on funding and fundraising to new social enterprises and community and voluntary organisations across coalfield communities in Scotland.
Our Team can provide capacity building support to build the systems, skills, people and resources in all 89 eligible coalfield wards. We manage demand and prioritise support through our tried and tested ‘triage’ system:
Our approach involves mentoring, coaching and hands-on support, seeking at every point to transfer knowledge and skills to the coalfield organisation. This will be accompanied by access to relevant information, materials and learning resources.
The one-to-one support is complemented by a series of training workshops and seminars that are open to all coalfield groups and organisations. These will address common issues and techniques (e.g. committee skills, fundraising techniques, the use of ICT, etc.) and provide the opportunity to learn, network, and to share ideas.
Our focus is also be on assisting the groups and organisations to explore opportunities for trading and to develop into social enterprises.
Finding the resources to fund projects and activities that are important in a community is challenging and complex. CRT can provide useful information, advice and training on funding and fundraising to new social enterprises and community and voluntary organisations across coalfield communities in Scotland.
CRT in Scotland are contracted to deliver the Big Lottery Our Place Initiative in Shortlees.
As part of the ALEC fund we raise awareness of the UNCRC for organisations and their staff.
The ALEC Fund supports CRT in Scotland to deliver outcomes that improve opportunities for adult learning and building community capacity. We are delivering lifelong, learner-centred adult learning as described in Scottish Government’s Adult Learning in Scotland Statement of Ambition.
Our support programme aims to help develop both an enterprise culture and skills with key local organisations and to develop their skills, knowledge and understanding to deliver projects creating services and jobs. We have looked at what is happening and the communities we wish to reach, what we do best and how we can improve.
The Coalfield YouthBanks Initiative is a partnership project delivered in conjunction with YouthBanks Scotland.
Youthbanks are an established way of working with and supporting young people to help them create a platform to place themselves as key decision makers in their community by fundraising for and facilitating projects that benefit their community and make the change they want to see.
The Coalfields Ambassadors are a voice for CRT on the ground acting as a bridge between their communities and the formal network of services in their area.
The Coalfields Community Futures Programme is an approach to local community planning and sustainable community development that aims to encourage active citizenship and build local democracy. It enables communities to devise a community action plan which makes a case for the things that the community thinks are important and wishes to make happen.
Following the closure of the Longannet Power Station, CRT are working with local residents, businesses and the Task Force Project Team to address the issues they are facing as a result of the recent early closure of Longannet Power Station.
We will support local people and communities to identify for themselves the issues and opportunities in coalfield areas, deciding what to do about them, and being responsible for delivering the action that will make a difference.