The Coalfields Community Networks designed to help community and voluntary groups and those who support them overcome some of those hurdles.

The Coalfields Community Network will, through free membership, offer the following to coalfield organisations:

  • Access to the Coalfields Community Network Website – a portal to help smaller organisations develop their skills and knowledge through a range of practical tools
  • Invitations to 2 Coalfield Information Exchange Meetings (a year)
  • An annual CRT circular
  • Provide opportunities to share best practice with like-minded organisations
  • Access direct support from our Outreach Development Team
  • Funding Advice Hotline

Being a member also means you will be invited to help CRT with research and fact-finding about coalfield issues.

Getting a community group up and running isn’t always straightforward.  There are lots to consider – like whether you need a legal structure, how you will recruit volunteers and staff, where you’ll get your funding.

But no obstacle is insurmountable, especially with a little help. So, the CRT has prepared a range of ‘How To Guides’ to help you to start unpicking some of these challenges. These can be found here.