Helping Moorlands build tomorrow today
A grant from Allchurches Trust has helped a Christian Training College build twenty-first century facilities.
Supporting Christian projects that benefit young people and have an impact on communities is very close to our heart. That’s why we were very pleased when Moorlands Christian Theology & Training College got in touch with us, asking if we could help with a vital development project.
Situated close to Christchurch in Dorset, Moorlands College has trained over 3,000 graduates, including over 800 within the last 15 years. The emphasis is on ‘Applied Theology,’ which means moving from theory to practice. Students don’t simply gain academic qualifications, they also become people of integrity who make an impact in their community.
For instance, some graduates go on to work with Social Services, specialising in family and youth work, while others are placed with local councils, helping with the rehabilitation of ex-offenders.
A campus fit for purpose
The College was founded in 1948 and by 2014 the campus buildings and facilities had become stretched to the limit. To attract students and maintain its high standards of education, Moorlands needed a new chapel, a larger lecture room and new dining facilities.
The work was going to cost some £3 million, and Moorlands had already managed to raise over £2.1 million. Although the college is linked to the University of Gloucester, its degree-awarding partner, the college was classified as a private institution and did not qualify for any public funding. They contacted Allchurches Trust in February 2014 to ask if we would consider supporting the project.
We visited Moorlands College and were impressed by the commitment and support to students, as well as the plans for outreach. Following the visit we decided to make a donation of £30,000.
The building work was completed in Autumn 2015, and the college now has new kitchen and dining room facilities, as well as a new reception area and larger lecture theatre. With a light, attractive Chapel and multi-use facilities, the development is an inspiring place that will help Moorlands go from strength to strength.
Representatives from Allchurches Trust were invited along to the opening and dedication service for the new buildings. We are proud to say that one of the seminar rooms is badged as being sponsored by Allchurches Trust Limited.