A NEW report has revealed the pivotal role that a trust set up to help South Derbyshire after the collapse of the mining industry has played in boosting the area.
The Coalfields Regeneration Trust, the organisation dedicated to supporting coalfield communities, revealed that, as a direct result of its support, more than 3,800 people accessed full or part-time employment across the UK in former mining areas – with hundreds helped out in South Derbyshire.
It comes only weeks after the Mail revealed the area was one of only a handful that has emerged distinctly less disadvantaged following the jobs losses that followed in the wake of the miners' strike of 1984-85.
Chairman of the Coalfields Regeneration Trust Peter McNestry said: "We are very pleased to be announcing such positive news.
We have worked hard to establish relationships and also the trust of the coalfield communities, but this isn't enough.
"We also want to show real results and the long-term impact and benefits of our work.
"We know that we can't wave a magic wand or change things overnight, but we can continue to focus on the 5.5 million people who live in coalfield communities throughout Britain and offer the support, advice and guidance that they need to help themselves."
Since 2011, the Coalfields Regeneration Trust has helped to create and safeguard 911 jobs and assist a further 2,921 people into full or part-time employment in coalfield communities throughout England.
Since it was established some 15 years ago, programmes delivered by the Coalfields Regeneration Trust have benefited hundreds of thousands of people in the British coalfields, including helping more than 21,000 people into work and more than 187,000 to gain qualifications and new skills.
More information is available by heading online to www.coalfields-regen.org.uk