Trust in search for new directors

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REGENERATION bosses are on the look out for new volunteers to help shape the future of a neighbourhood.

Members of Hartlepool New Deal for Communities (NDC) Trust are appealing for volunteers to come forward to help influence the future of Central Hartlepool.

With the original resident-led NDC programme coming to an end at the end of March, its successor body the Hartlepool NDC Trust is looking for volunteers living in the central area of the town to join its board of directors.

The unpaid role will allow volunteers to manage and have their say on how the Trust supports regeneration activities in the future as it aims to continue to improve the physical environment of the area as well as providing services and employment training to residents.

Launched as a charitable organisation to continue and support residents beyond government funding, the NDC Trust currently has three subsidiary companies to manage its property assets, training activities and the current renovation of the Melbourne Hotel into a social enterprise project in Stockton Road.

The NDC Trust also manages the construction based Opening Doors Project which provides trainees with on-site skills and training experience renovating community buildings and refurbishing houses.

NDC development worker Sian Bunn said: “This is an exciting time to get involved in Hartlepool NDC Trust with some exciting projects currently under way.

“We are dedicated to continuing to support community activities in Central Hartlepool and by becoming a director volunteers can become actively involved in shaping the area in the future.”

Anyone who applies for the role will have to have an interview with an appointments panel.

Hartlepool NDC is one of 39 similar initiatives across the country and each has been awarded up to £54m of extra government funding over a 10 year period. The NDC area in town covers more than 4,000 households between Belle Vue and Hart Lane.

For more information or to apply for the position, call Martin Booth on (01429) 894046 or email