With many former mining communities still sitting within the 30% most deprived in the UK, and without the assistance they need, it is inevitable that they will struggle to return to being the confident, strong and economically stable areas they once were.

More than 19 years since the Coalfields Regeneration Trust was established, we have come a long way, achieved a great deal and made a lasting and positive impact – but, there is more that needs to be done.

Focusing on employment, skills and health we will continue to work closely with people to give them a voice and to champion all that is good about our communities, which are home to more than 5.5m people.