"Changing the face of coalfields communities."

Coalfields Regeneration School (Scotland)

Since establishing its Coalfields Community Challenge programme in 2011 to address the continuing issue of poor employment prospects in former coalfields areas, The Coalfields Regeneration Trust has identified a significant element of Third Sector, community and voluntary organisations which maintain a reliance on grant funding. A lack of knowledge in key areas means that such organisations do not have the capacity to embrace the entrepreneurial culture which is currently shaping Scotland’s Third Sector, and are consequently unable to make the progression towards achieving sustainability. The Coalfields Regeneration School was designed to address those skills gaps which are an impediment to organisations long term sustainability. First delivered in 2012, the School comprises a series of wokshops, project visits and activities centred around topics of key importance to developing organisations. The School is delivered to a small number of participating groups who work together throughout, and for whom the programme can be specifically tailored. Topics covered in the 2014/15 School included leadership, roles and responsibilities, governance and structure, funding and finance, marketing, social media and presentation skills.


The 2016 Schools will take place in Kirkconnel and Kelloholm and East Lothian once a fortnight for five days followed by a graduation event, and deliver a programme of training and development for a small number of enterprising organisations within the voluntary and community sector. The School will support the participating organisations in working towards a common goal of long term sustainability. Additionally for the 2016 Schools will be the opportunity for participants to qualify for a small investment award (up to £3k) to address identified barriers to their organisation’s development (subject to the satisfaction of qualifying criteria and where applicable the completion of project specific targets). Participating organisations will be expected to commit two representatives to the School for the duration of the Programme. The School will consist of workshops and project visits at venues selected according to the location of participating groups. A graduation ceremony will take place on completion of the School at which participants will be invited to review their progress and present their organisation’s sustainability strategy.


The 2016 Coalfields Regeneration Schools are open to organisations which are constituted as a charity, not for profit group or a social enterprise. The project must be delivered within one or more eligible coalfields wards and your organisation must also provide a bank statement and accounts. The School is not intended for larger organisations such as those with an unrestricted income exceeding £100kpa. Previous recipients of CRT funding will not be excluded, however priority consideration will be given to new applicants.


To find out if your organisation is eligible to apply or to find out more contact David Wright on 01259 272127 or email david.wright@coalfields-regen.org.uk.