Coalfields Regeneration Trust
When British coal mining was at its peak in the early 1900’s, it was one of the UK’s most important industries and employed nearly 1.2 million people.
As the industry contracted and large numbers of pits closed, it had a devastating impact on the communities that once relied on them for jobs, housing and social support.
By the late 1990s, former coalfield areas had a lack of employment opportunities, experienced high levels of poor health and many people had no or few qualifications.
In 1999, The Coalfields Regeneration Trust was established in response to recommendations made by the government’s Coalfields Task Force. It was set up as an independent charity with a focus to support the communities and create opportunities for their people.
Despite 20 years of hard work delivering targeted programmes to improve health, skills and employment, the 5.7m people currently living in coalfield areas still face significant challenges.
In fact, combining all of the former coalfields across England, Wales and Scotland, it would be the most deprived region in the UK.
This is why Coalfieds is continuing tirelessly to invest in these areas, and have teams on the ground listening to the communities and finding ways to address their needs.
Whether that means providing funding for local projects, practical help for those organisations delivering vital services, bringing communities together to plan for their future, inspiring young people through sport, or giving someone the help they need to secure a job or new skills – Coalfields is there to help.See more