The final flourish for Allchurches’ Growing Lives Programme

31 DEC 2020

More than 250 youth projects have benefited from more than £2.5 million funding from Allchurches Trust Growing Lives programme! To mark the end of the scheme, we are celebrating the final projects to receive a welcome boost!

The Growing Lives Programme was set up to enable churches and Christian charities to connect with more young people, more often, having a positive impact on their lives.   
The programme was launched in May 2019 with a £1 million budget, and after the huge success of the first six months, another million was added to the funding pot for 2020 to ensure the Trust could support as many budding projects as possible. 
In October 2020, the Growing Lives programme was closed, and the final grants have now been awarded, with the last wave of funding supporting 59 projects with grants totalling £568,460 (breaking the overall budget by more than half a million pounds!).
Let’s ‘wrap up’ this impactful programme with a selection of some of these inspiring projects…
Lorica Trust, Sussex
Lorica Trust provides education ‘with a difference’ for children referred from local schools. Their farm-based learning programme helps to connect with young people who need that extra support. 
A Growing Lives grant of £4,250 will enable Lorica to create a separate farm area for 1:1 land based work with younger children who are struggling with mental health issues in the shadow of COVID-19, helping them to re-engage with their families, schools and wider communities.
The Lorica Trust
Cemetery Road Baptist Church, Yorkshire
An Allchurches Trust Growing Lives grant of £11,100 is supporting Cemetery Road Baptist to put ‘Young at Art of the Community’. It is a project informed by the views of student architects, and involves the refurbishment of the church’s entrance area, engaging local community artists to work with young people to produce art installations to welcome people into the church. It is hoped that the art will reflect the diverse backgrounds of the young people and will engage and develop their skills.
Cemetery Road Baptist Church
St David’s Church, West Midlands
In 2018, an Allchurches grant supported the recruitment of a Mission Apprentice in the Parish of St David, Shenley Green – one of the most disadvantaged areas of Birmingham. From this appointment the idea of introducing ‘Godly Play’ to the parish was conceived. It is a term-time, weekly, after-school club for primary school children from all backgrounds, to explore their faith while encouraging creativity and personal growth in a safe, friendly environment. A Growing Lives grant of £1,600 will support the church to create a dedicated area for Godly Play and fund teaching materials. 
St David's Church
Mount Merrion Parish Church, Belfast
Some 50% of households on the Cregagh Estate live in relative poverty, with 70% of young people exposed to drug and alcohol misuse, underage sexual activity and antisocial behaviour. Mount Merrion Parish Church’s vision is to use music as a way to transform social circumstances in the estate and the local community, by offering low-cost and free music lessons to low income families, giving them hope and opportunity. They will offer free song-writing workshops to help young people express their emotions and will train young people to become volunteer music tutors within the programme. An Allchurches Trust Growing Lives grant of £8,400 will help to support The Music Academy. 
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