Allchurches Trust awards nearly a quarter of a million to communities in July

In July, Allchurches Trust awarded £232,080 in grants to 83 UK churches, charities and schools, supporting an amazing range of good work happening throughout our communities. Read about just one charity, one school and a social-impact church who have received some much needed financial help this summer.

New Bridge is a prisoner befriending charity which significantly improves the life, self-esteem and mental health of prisoners, and reduces re-offending rates after their release. The charity has 250 volunteer befrienders who befriend people in prison through letters and visits. Research shows that 12% of people in the UK’s prisons never receive a letter during their sentence; and 30% receive no visits from anybody during their time inside. We awarded a grant for crucial audio-visual equipment to New Bridge so it can improve mental health awareness training for volunteers and offer remote training to increase the programme in regional areas.

Berrow C of E Primary School is installing a pupil kitchen at their school to help its pupils learn to cook and engage creatively with the curriculum by teaching mathematics, reading, foreign culture, science and art in a practical kitchen environment. Allchurches has given a grant for kitchen equipment and fittings. The pupils themselves have raised more than £2,000 through a range of sponsored events and have been busily establishing and planting out allotments in the school grounds to grow produce for their new kitchen. The school is in an area of high deprivation and has a high number of pupils with learning difficulties and/or complex home situations. This initiative has been two years in the planning and has already brought families, the local church and the school together.

In Manchester, Allchurches gave a grant to King’s Church Bolton to help it turn an unused mill building in the centre of town into a multi-floor church, community hub and social enterprise, The Mill Café.

Our grant will be helping King’s Church to set up The Mill Café with a soft play space for children, a sensory zone for children with additional needs and physical disabilities (both will be the only affordable provision in the area) and with wi-fi enabled training computers for training and employment-ready programmes.

16161_5.jpg#asset:1178A training session for prisoner befriending volunteers at New Bridge in Brixton.