Community projects benefit from funding boost


The COALFIELDS Regeneration Trust is continuing to invest in projects that make a difference to communities facing challenges as a result of the decline of the coal mining industry.

The Trust is pleased to announce the following awards have recently been made in our local community.

Derbyshire Rural Community Council’s Wheels to Work Derbyshire project received a CRT Grant award of £89,038.

Derbyshire Rural Community Council operates a ‘wheels to work’ project enabling young unemployed people to accept job and, or training opportunities they would otherwise not be able to take up due to the lack of transport.

CRT’s grant of £89,038 will contribute towards the cost of continuing the wheels to work service in the coalfield areas of Derbyshire. Specifically, the grant will pay for mopeds, electric bikes, bicycles, maintenance, safety training and equipment, salaries and running costs for the scheme.

The project will work closely with numerous referral agencies and voluntary organisations such as Job Centre Plus and the Trust’s Family Employment Initiative in tackling worklessness and rural isolation.

North East Derbyshire District Council’s Working Communities Strategic Manager Post received a CRT Grant of £74, 587.

The project will tackle the issues of unemployment and lack of training in North East Derbyshire. A Strategic Project Manager will identify and secure emerging employment opportunities, by ensuring that all developments within the area contain a clause in their contracts to set work aside for local people.

A Community Employment Advisor will also provide unemployed local people with one-to-one support, advice and guidance with a view to removing barriers to employment, and guiding them into the employment opportunities established by the Strategic Project Manager. Unemployed people will have access to the Training fund, with a view to gaining skills and qualifications that they would be otherwise unable to attain.

The grant of £74,587 will fund the salary of a Strategic Project Manager and pay for a training fund, publicity costs and staff training costs.

Community Transport for Town and County’s project, the Mobile Mini-bus Driver Training Vehicle, was awarded a £55,000 CRT Grant.

Community Transport for Town and County (CT4TC) provides transport related services to people in central and north east Derbyshire who cannot easily access conventional transport options.

A CRT grant of £55,000 has been awarded to support the costs of purchasing a new and specially adapted minibus for the group.

The new vehicle will enhance the service provided to disability and elderly care groups that rely on CT4TC as an affordable means of transporting its members to activities and events. It will also provide an additional training vehicle to meet current demand.

St Johns Church’s project called A Building in Which to Serve Our Community was awarded a CRT Grant of £10,078.

St. John’s Church was built in 1891 and is located in the heart of the community of Tupton, which is south of Chesterfield.

The CRT Grant of £10,078 will contribute towards the overall improvement works, which include, fitting a new gas boiler, under floor heating and water heater; carpeting the building; installing a new disabled W.C, ramp, steps, hand rail and safety laminated glass (in porch / church opening); installing a new sound proof hinge folding screen; and repainting walls and woodwork.

The improvements to the Church will enable the creation of a Parent and Toddler group, a Natter N Nosh group, keep fit classes and the establishment of various clubs such as a film, book, drama, craft and photography.

Newton Methodist Church’s Homework Help and Cafe project was awarded a CRT Grant of £2,770

CRT has awarded £2,770 to Newton Methodist Church on Main Street, Blackwell, Derbyshire to provide a homework club for local children aged 5 -18 years. The CRT grant will purchase PC’s, a printer, software, books, storage and furniture to establish the club.

The church will be adapted to provide a safe and comfortable environment for children to carry out their homework. The IT facility will be used during the day by adults and a café will be available to children attending the club. This project will make a difference for a number of local people and will contribute generally to the improvement of the area.