WHAT WE DO – 2016
CRT has set out a range of priorities for the organisation, these include:
Playing the role of champion for coalfield areas, celebrating the tradition and heritage of ex-mining areas while highlighting the legacy of needs in these areas.
- Focusing more explicitly on building capacity in our most fragile coalfield communities, and where we and others have found it difficult to invest in the past.
- Finding new and creative ways to address worklessness; the single most important challenge facing coalfield communities in Scotland today.
- Attracting outside financial, physical and other resources into coalfield communities in order to protect our previous investments and reduce our reliance on support from the Scottish Government.
- Developing into a more independent and authoritative voice for coalfield communities, one that is best placed to pursue unique Scottish priorities.
COALFIELDS CAPACITY BUILDING
The core of the CRT Strategy for Scotland is to build on our success by encouraging use of local resources in a way that enhances economic opportunities while improving social conditions in a sustainable way. Our overarching priority is to develop community capacity; everything that we do is about supporting coalfield communities. An outline of current activity is as follows:
The Coalfields Community Network aims to help community and voluntary groups and those who support them through the challenges they face in an increasingly complex funding environment.
The Coalfields Ambassadors are a voice for CRT on the ground acting as a bridge between their communities and the formal network of services in their area.
A programme to help smaller community and voluntary organisations in Scotland’s coalfield communities deliver regeneration activities. Awards are available from £500 to £5,000 (likely to be in the region of £3,000).
A community led regeneration that encourages active citizenship and builds local democracy, this programme involves supporting ex-mining communities that have not benefited substantially from external funding from the Trust and partner funders.
CRT has helped to set up and support YouthBanks in Clackmannanshire, East Ayrshire, East Lothian and Fife. The YouthBanks will support young people to help them create a platform to place themselves as key decision makers in their community by fundraising and facilitating projects that benefit their community and the changes they want to see. If you are interested in establishing a Youth Bank in your coalfield community please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Working in partnership with local projects we will deliver a motivational employment and sport based programme to help young people across the coalfield communities find work.
COALFIELDS ENTERPRISE, TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT
A programme to support the development of Coalfield Social Enterprises offering a unique combination of mentoring, training and if possible, funding. The Coalfields Enterprise Programme aims to stimulate community enterprise and grow the social investment market in coalfield communities.
A programme of training and development for enterprising organisations within the voluntary and community sectors.
Coalfields Training and Learning
We are developing our training services and ‘offer’ to our communities in Scotland with a particular emphasis on skills and learning that will build on our current community empowerment initiatives. We will equip learners with the knowledge and skills to become successful learners, confident individuals, responsible citizens.
Following the closure of the Longannet Power Station, the Coalfields Regeneration Trust is working with local residents, businesses and the Task Force Project Team to address the issues they are facing as a result of the recent closure of the Longannet Power Station.
We will support local people and communities to identify for themselves the issues and opportunities in coalfield areas, deciding what to do about them, and being responsible for delivering the action that will make a difference.
Coalfields Enterprise Hub
CRT have purchased the old Clydesdale Bank in Kincardine which will be refurbished into a facility for the provision of office space for the CRT staff team; office space to let to other organisations and agencies as a service/income generator; lettable meeting and training/seminar space. The Hub is due to open in October 2017.
Is a place-based initiative that aims to build stronger connections and relationships in communities, empowering local people and organisations to bring about positive changes in their neighbourhood. Our Place represents a different way of investing Lottery funding based around community priorities and a vision statement set by local people.
FOCUS ON THE FUTURE
Coalfields Strategic Programmes
A programme of targeted investment to develop a more strategic and focussed orientation to our work.
Developing CRT income generation activities and securing contracts and Service Level Agreements.
One of our key strengths has been our ability to develop positive relationships with like-minded organisations. This is an essential element in maximising the benefit of our programmes and services delivered in coalfield communities.
We are always interested in speaking to new organisations about developing mutually beneficial partnership opportunities and welcome contact from potential partners.