Cumnock Projects celebrate £20k investment by The Coalfields Regeneration Trust Bob Young, a Scottish Trustee of the Coalfields Regeneration Trust recently congratulated in person three Cumnock based organisations which have successfully applied for CRT funding . Coalfield Community Transport has been providing affordable and accessible transport to community groups and voluntary organisations in East Ayrshire since 2002. An investment of £10,000 by Coalfields Regeneration Trust will allow the Group to deliver a driver training scheme to ten participants. The training will cover various aspects of commercial vehicle operation leading to a formal qualification, enabling participants to apply for compete for jobs in the sector. Susan Dever, Project Co-ordinator for Coalfields Community Transport pointed out that the project “will improve employment and access opportunities for our members.” The Netherthird Initiative for Community Empowerment was formed as a response to East Ayrshire Council’s planned closure of the Netherthird Community Centre. The Group has since taken over the running of the Centre, which now includes a community café, charity shop and gym. An investment of £4,000 by Coalfields Regeneration Trust will go toward funding a volunteer co-ordinator. The post will enable the Centre to develop new and existing volunteering opportunities and to establish training programmes with external partners. Volunteers will also get to benefit from work experience opportunities in the Centre’s café, kitchen, gym and at community events. Lana Donald, Volunteer Co-ordinator is “really excited to be getting the opportunity to develop the project.” Bob Young, CRT Trustee added that “it’s great to come along and see such a busy facility going at full swing.” EPIC East Ayrshire Pipe Band Academy was established to develop the life skills of young people in East Ayrshire through musical education. The Academy seeks to address the shortage of musical tuition for young people through delivery of a programme of pipe band education. An investment of £4,800 from Coalfields Regeneration Trust will enable the Group to provide SCQF levels 2 and 3 in music practice and theory to more than 100 children, culminating in the formation of a Community Big Band to challenge local barriers and improve community involvement. Paul Warren, EPIC Project Manager Paul Warren pointed out “it’s appropriate that this project is getting off the ground with the support of Coalfields Regeneration Trust, this area no longer has the number of coalfield bands it once did”.