A team of community organisers in Castleford will continue their work to get people more involved in the town where they live.
Coalfield community organisers Trish Ellis and Dayna O’Brien will move from Trinity Methodist Church on Powell Street to the town’s Queen’s Mill, to work with Castleford Heritage Trust.
Meanwhile Mark Stainburn will remain at the church, as part of a government-funded scheme to encourage volunteers to help their areas by becoming more active in their community.
Former Express reporter Miss Ellis will work as volunteer manager at the mill while Miss O’Brien will work as health and safety and operations manager, alongside their work in the community.
Miss Ellis said: “I am really excited to be starting work at the mill. Having followed the work of the Castleford Heritage Trust during my time at the Express, it’s a pleasure to be a part of it all.”
The scheme is funded by the Cabinet Office and administered by national organisation Locality.
It also receives match funding from the Coalfield Regeneration Trust.
Miss Ellis added: “I am really enjoying my new job. It is a continuation of what I was doing last year which is talking to people in the community and finding out about their views.
“We then help them with their concerns or help them with their ideas.
“Our aim is to listen to hundreds of people, so we can build a network of new volunteers and hopefully encourage them to start becoming more active in their communities.”
Alison Drake, chairwoman of Castleford Heritage Trust, said: “We’re delighted to have Trish and Dayna joining us.
“It’s a great opportunity for us and for the whole community. They have expertise in working with the community. Working with Mark, who will be based at Trinity Methodist Church, they offer a great chance for people to get involved in events in Castleford.”
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For more information on Castleford Heritage Trust visit its website at www.castlefordheritagetrust.org.uk