Central Scotland MSP, John Wilson, has tabled a motion with the Scottish Parliament congratulating the Coalfields Regeneration Trust on securing almost £1.6 million funding from the Scottish Government for the next financial year.


This announcement comes just weeks after the Coalfields Regeneration Trust was the focus of two debates in the Scottish Parliament applauding the work of the organisation and its commitment to regeneration throughout Scotland’s disadvantaged communities.


Formed in 1999, the Coalfields Regeneration Trust has provided funding to numerous projects throughout coalfield communities, with particular focus on those within the most deprived 20% of areas and has benefitted from over £15 million in Scottish Executive/Government funding since 1999.


Since April 2008, Coalfields Regeneration Trust has funded 25 projects in the North Lanarkshire area which has amounted to £371,000 of funding.


John Wilson MSP said “As the one and only organisation devoted solely to the social and economic regeneration of coalfield communities, the Coalfield Regeneration Trust has successfully channelled substantial investment into community led project activity in coalfield areas in my constituency and throughout Scotland.”


“This extra funding will go a long way to improving the lives of those people living in Coalfield communities and build on the excellent work which is already being done by the Coalfields Regeneration Trust in supporting local projects”


Organisations which have benefitted from funding include the Glenboig Neighbourhood House Life Centre which received over £85,000 in December 2008 to support its work for a two year period to develop plans for a new custom-built centre and a community transport scheme. £4,893 of funding was also provided to assist in the building of the Auchengeich memorial garden. The First Minister unveiled a memorial plaque in the garden as a mark of the 50th Anniversary of the pit disaster in which 47 miners died.


Groups also to have benefited include the Gartcosh parent and toddler group and Auchengeich Amateur Boxing Club, alongside large funding for St Patrick’s Furniture Project and Recap.


S3M-08138 John Wilson (Central Scotland) (Scottish National Party): Coalfield Regeneration Trust Secures Funding— That the Parliament congratulates the Coalfield Regeneration Trust on securing funding of almost £1.6 million from the Scottish Government for 2011-12; acknowledges that the trust has given support to a wide range of projects throughout Scotland to enable them to increase access to employment and lifelong learning and promote community welfare and support services; recognises that, since 2008, North Lanarkshire has received £371,017 of funding across 25 different projects; commends the work of the trust in what it sees as its hard work in improving the lives of those living in coalfield communities, and further recognises the numerous projects that it considers will benefit from this extra funding by bringing help and support to communities.


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