Lorna Catchpole
Lorna Catchpole of The Coalfields Regeneration Trust.
Rebecca Wayman

Barnsley regeneration trust appoints new coordinator to boost 2020 operations

The Coalfields Regeneration Trust has appointed a new community engagement coordinator to its growing team.

Lorna Catchpole is to head up the position, in the organisation which supports around 5.7 million people living in former mining communities across the UK.

Due to a partnership with Yorkshire Sport Foundation - which part-funds the position - Lorna is working to facilitate community engagement, forge relationships with people and build capacity and resilience in Airedale.

With a focus on improving the health and wellbeing of residents, Lorna will support the local community to develop and shape sport and opportunities for physical activities that will encourage residents to become more active and engaged.

Prior to joining The Coalfields Regeneration Trust, Lorna gained experience when she worked on estates in her role as a neighbourhood ranger at Chesterfield Borough Council.

She has also held various positions as a project and support worker for several different housing associations, carried out some community work and ran a small business in Gambia.

Commenting on her appointment, Lorna said: “It seems more important than ever to facilitate opportunities to think outside the box and give people hope and a reason for wanting to work towards supporting each other, engaging and feeling better.

“This role gives me the chance to exchange ideas with people in an accessible and creative way, to bring about productive plans, activities and workshops.

“I understand that Airedale is still facing significant challenges in relation to unemployment, skills and health and wellbeing but I feel that through collaboration with councils, stakeholders and other community-based organisations, we can make a lasting and positive difference for generations to come.”

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