From storybooks to ships, 43 projects given Growing Lives boost

21 MAY 2020

The latest round of Growing Lives grants has given 43 churches and Christian charities a total of £374,190 funding to help them connect with young people in their communities.

From Storybooks to ships, Allchurches’ funding will support projects which will bring a burst of colour and creativity, enriching the lives of local children and their families – some of which feature in our latest video

Wordpower – Society of St Vincent de Paul, Dublin

Wordpower is a project based in Dublin, distributing new children’s books to families in disadvantaged areas of Ireland. Society of St Vincent de Paul (SVP) want to encourage children to begin enjoying books at an early age, delving into the magic of fiction and experiencing all the benefits that come with reading - including support to be ‘school ready’ and the confidence reading brings.
“One little girl I visited saw me coming with my bag of books and she ran up to me, so excited, grabbed the bag and ran off to read before I’d even reached the house!” – Volunteer, Wordpower.
£25,000 funding from Allchurches Trust will allow SVP to supply books to 3000 families in 2020, 6000 in 2021 and 9000 in 2022!
Wordpower – Society of St Vincent de Paul, Dublin
Youthspace - St John’s Church, Waterloo
St John’s Church is embarking on a £5 million refurbishment of its church and crypt. With the help of a £25,000 grant, the crypt will become, ‘Youthspace’ - a place of refuge for local young people between the ages of 13 to 19. It will be a space they can call their own, giving them the opportunity to explore their potential and grow in the community.
St John’s Church plan to work with 15 young people in regular attendance who might otherwise find themselves vulnerable to drugs, crime and gang culture.
St John's Waterloo
Kingdom Crew - Ross Baptist Church, Ross-on-Wye
‘Kingdom Crew’ reaches out to the local community by running inclusive family events, providing food, fun and faith.
The Ross Baptist Church programme connects with families, especially those who struggle to entertain and feed their children in the school holidays. Kingdom Crew offer a helping hand, with exciting activities and a cafe open every Wednesday in the school break – alongside a “Messy Church” every Sunday.
Allchurches are helping to support and grow their ‘Kingdom’ by kitting out their crew with £300 funding.
Ross Baptist Church, Ross-on-wye
Tysoe Methodist Church, Warwickshire
All aboard the Jolly Roger! Allchurches Trust funding of £3,450, will help Tysoe Methodist Church to construct a wooden building in the shape of a boat, which will act as a meeting place and play facility for young people in the local and surrounding areas. The boat will be moored next to the church and will be the perfect vessel for storytelling, worship and play. 
The present congregation is mostly older people and the church wants to make a fresh start and invite young people into their community.
This latest wave of Growing Lives funding means that more than 140 projects have now received a total of more than £1.4 million and the programme is still open for applications, with another million pounds having been added to the pot earlier this year. Find out more here
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