Driving communities forward

14 DEC 2020

Allchurches Trust is supporting 77 churches and Christian charities with funding totalling £275,850 in its latest round of grants.

Four examples of projects which have benefited from this funding boost are demonstrating what it means to put community first - providing a welcoming space, restoring lives, and supporting the most vulnerable to thrive.

Botha Parish, County Fermanagh, Ireland 

An Allchurches Trust grant of £10,000 is supporting Botha Parish to completely restore Sacred Heart Church in Boho and protect this amazing heritage site. The church is unique in the county of Fermanagh, in that it is the only early Christian site where Catholic worship continues to this day, dating back to St. Faber and the sixth century, and standing on the site of an early monastery where she carried out her work. The restoration will include re-roofing, chimney repairs, internal and external repair, plumbing, electrics and work to improve the accessibility of the building.
The parish of Botha is a disadvantaged area near the border of the Republic of Ireland. One in five people live in poverty in Fermanagh. The planned restoration will help the parish to continue to support the needs of the community as well as bringing an important heritage site back to life.
Botha Parish Church
Life Church South Mansfield, Nottinghamshire
Life Church is ‘quite literally’ putting the wheels in motion and reaching out to disadvantaged communities in South Mansfield with practical and spiritual support. An Allchurches grant of £2,500 will help them to purchase and restore a minibus which will be used as a mobile base for outreach and youth work, visiting areas most in need where there is no church and little support. 

St Margaret’s Community Church, Southsea, Hampshire
A community hub reimagined! St Margaret’s Community Church closed in 2015 due to building safety concerns and was on the brink of demolition. Local support for the much loved church meant that the decision was made to restore it, and in 2019 it opened its doors once more. Since then it has been at the heart of the community, providing Sunday services, regular community groups, a foodbank and a community café and shop. It is also the home to several charities addressing mental health issues and support for those in crisis. 
An Allchurches Trust grant of £9,000 is supporting the improvement of the facilities so that the church can continue to sustain its vital community work. Phase one will include heating, a new kitchen, accessible toilets and a children’s play area. Phase two will create a new entranceway and mezzanines for additional space.
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Renova Trust, London
An Allchurches grant of £5,250 is helping Renova - a new Christian faith charity - to provide long-term support for people who are experiencing homelessness or who are at risk of homelessness in Berkshire. Funding will help them to work with the local authority to provide move-on supported accommodation for people accommodated under the Government’s pandemic ‘All In’ policy. This will help to reduce levels of homelessness in Berkshire and will support vulnerable people to become self-sufficient.
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