Strengthening community health through our May grant giving

Allchurches Trust grants are making a difference across the country with 59 good causes receiving a share of £194,375 in May.

One of the projects funded last month will enable disadvantaged people to learn how to cook healthy meals in London, while others will enable people to receive counselling in Gloucestershire and gain access to a brand new community hub in West Sussex.

St Anne’s Church in Highgate, London, has received a grant of £4,500 towards a new project which will educate young people in healthy cooking. The project, which is in partnership with Highgate Newton Community Centre, will support people aged 11 to 18 from low income families to create healthy meals on a budget by attending classes run by a professional cook. The grant from Allchurches Trust will enable St Anne’s to install a new kitchen with all the necessary equipment needed for young people to learn and thrive.

A grant of £1,500 will help Listening Post Christian Counselling Service in Cheltenham meet increasing demand with the addition of a new counselling room. The charity currently supports around 500 people a year suffering with poor mental health due to issues such as loss, depression, suicidal thoughts and relationship breakdown. The new room, which will be accompanied by an adjoining kitchenette, will enable Listening Post to reduce the waiting times for patients to begin treatment as well as provide a better environment for both clients and staff.

A £10,800 grant will help Revelation Family church in Chichester move out of a school hall and into a new community centre. The church proposes to convert a large commercial building, previously a Laura Ashley store, into a hub which will serve the most vulnerable within the community. Once complete, the building will become a home for not only the church but many not-for-profit groups who share the same desire to ‘better the community’.