The Coalfields Regeneration Trust, the only organisation dedicated to supporting former mining towns and villages, has announced the appointment of Allison Carr as its first Programme Support Officer.

      Having worked in the third sector for over 10 years, Allison will join the Coalfields Community Investments team, supporting the organisation with the processing of grant applications, attend funding events and work closely with organisations and charities across coalfield locations up and down the country.

      Allison will also be responsible for compiling monitoring reports for the organisation, which analyse the social impact that the funding has achieved and how this can be measured in relation to improvements within the communities.

      The Coalfields Community Investment Programme supports organisations and programmes of activity across the coalfields in England that meet with three priorities for action; to address skills, employment or health.

      Allison comments: “After working in the voluntary sector for a number of years, I was looking for a new challenge. Before joining the Coalfields Regeneration Trust, I was aware of the impact that their funding can have on voluntary organisations. Following my application for the position, I was really pleased to have been successful and to join the Community Investments team.”

      “It’s great to be taking an active role within an organisation that can really make a difference to the lives of people living in disadvantaged communities. The Coalfields Community Investment Programme allows us to reach out to organisations and have a positive impact on the employment, skills and health of coalfield residents.”

      Andy Lock, Head of Operations (England) for the Coalfields Regeneration Trust, comments: “Allison brings a great deal of experience to the team. After working within voluntary organisations, she will bring a fresh perspective and new ideas to the position.

      “Allison’s experience and knowledge of the charity and voluntary sector will be vital in ensuring we continue to make a positive and lasting impact through the grants and funding that we provide to organisations that are socially driven.”