The Shotton Partnership 2000, the charity that provides vocational and educational training for local residents, is celebrating after it received more than £8,500 from the Coalfields Community Investment Programme, delivered by the Coalfields Regeneration Trust, the only organisation dedicated to supporting former mining towns and villages.

The funding, which totals £8,617, will allow the organisation to continue to offer a learning facility, providing local residents with access to CV and covering letter workshops, one-to-one tuition and accredited learning courses, to improve their employment credentials and IT skills.

The Shotton Partnership 2000 Ltd  was founded in 2000 by a group of volunteers from Shotton Colliery who came together in order to regenerate the former mining village. As well as educational and vocational training, the grassroots voluntary organisation also provides job opportunities, recreation and leisure facilities, acting as a hub for the community.

Rona Hardy, Chairperson at the Shotton Partnership 2000 Ltd, comments: “The funding received from the Coalfields Regeneration Trust means that we can provide further assistance to residents across Shotton who are wanting to find suitable and stable employment.”

“Finding a job is never an easy task, especially when you lack the skills and experience needed by employers. The learning courses, IT skills sessions and CV and covering letter workshops which we offer help people within our community to break the cycle of worklessness and to find employment.”

Andy Lock, Head of Operations (England) for the Coalfields Regeneration Trust, comments: “Learning courses, skills sessions and job clubs are incredibly useful for people who want to find work and aspire to have a better quality of life.”

“The Coalfields Community Investment Programme is just one way that we are able to continue to work with charities such as the Shotton Partnership as we redirect resources into former coal mining communities that are often struggling to find the funds they need to continue to deliver the services they offer.”

As the organisation has become a member of Coalfield Community Investment Programme it will continue to be supported by the Trust and will have access to bespoke practical support including access to resources and services such as help with third-party funding applications and bid-writing, to tips on effective promotion and marketing.

The Coalfields Regeneration Trust was established in 1999 and is the only organisation dedicated to supporting former mining towns and villages.

Delivered by the Coalfields Regeneration Trust, the Coalfields Community Investment Programme supports organisations and programmes of activity that meet with three key criteria; to address skills, employment or health.

For further details about the programme and the application process please visit,

Over the years more than 2m people have benefited from support delivered by the organisation. More than 25,500 people have been supported into work, 5,500 jobs have been created or safeguarded, 1.3m people have received the necessary support to help improve their skills and gain qualifications and over 250,000 people have participated in activities that have improve their health.