Working in some of the most deprived communities in the country, there are often opportunities to work with Councils and stakeholders to arrange for the transfer of assets, allowing us to create opportunities and generate community based resource and services.
As one of few organisations that has the skills, local knowledge, connections and experience to manage this process, we can take assets that are often of limited use and turn them into resources that add value and make a lasting and positive difference for local residents.
One such example is the Hub House in Horden, which became a facility that local people are able to access and rely on. As a result of the Hub House local residents explained that they felt safer and that aspirations in the community were positively influenced.
This is just one example of how we are working with partners to address the ongoing challenges in the coalfield communities and how we focus on creating spaces that can benefit residents and give them a better quality of life.
Horden Hub House, an end of terrace property that has been converted into a community resource to provide residents with a space to meet and access advice and services, was officially opened by MP, Grahame Morris.
The Coalfields Regeneration Trust, the only organisation dedicated to supporting coalfield communities, and Community Shop, the organisation using surplus food to build stronger individuals and stronger communities, have today launched their first strategic partnership project, opening the doors of their social supermarket, Community Shop Athersley.