Supporting the most vulnerable and building brighter communities
08 JUN 2020
Allchurches Trust is supporting 45 churches and Christian charities with a total of £122,700 in its latest round of grant funding – a helping hand in a time of uncertainty. Here are just three examples of projects that have benefited from this funding - all focused around helping the most vulnerable people in the community.
Home for Good, London
Home for Good was launched as a campaign to make fostering and adoption a significant focus of the church. If every church in the UK supported just one family to foster or adopt, this would end the crisis in the care system! A welcoming church can ease a family into adoption or fostering, providing them with a practical and spiritual support network.
Since Home for Good started in 2014, they have seen glimmers of hope, with 84% of the families they support having welcomed children who are considered ‘hard to place’.
However, there is a long way to go, with over 3,000 children waiting for an adoptive family; numbers which are set to soar in light of coronavirus due to a number of factors, from parents struggling under the pressures of confinement to children being in lockdown with unsafe carers.
A £1,250 grant from Allchurches’ will help Home for Good to develop their enquiry phone line, which will enable them to respond to over 2,000 potential foster and adoptive parents each year. The work will include increasing the capacity of the enquiry line and improving IT services to widen its reach.
A light at the end of a dark tunnel for hundreds of vulnerable children, who just want a loving home.
Canterbury Baptist Church, Kent
Canterbury Baptist Church is helping those who are lost and hurting, providing a space for food, faith and fulfilment. An Allchurches’ grant of £2,500 is enabling them to establish a community café in the centre of Canterbury, reaching the most vulnerable and providing employment opportunities for those who need it.
In 2018, Canterbury Baptist Church partnered with local charities and authorities to assess the social needs of the city, and the biggest gap identified was a lack of support for those with mental health issues.
Whilst the church is already offering a base for counselling and support services, a café on site will help them to build a stronger relationship with local people – not just a place for a hot meal and a drink, but a hub for parish nursing services and mental health ‘drop ins’.
The café is being developed in collaboration with Lily’s Social Kitchen, providing café training and work experience for vulnerable people who experience barriers into employment. This includes people with learning difficulties, autism and mental health issues.
The café will open six days a week and will be a hub of happiness and hope!
Christ Church, New Mill, West Yorkshire
Christ Church, New Mill is a thriving parish that has stood at the heart of New Mill since 1831. The church delivers spiritual, cultural, educational and social events, including services hosting 100 to 300 people, community concerts and afternoon teas for older people and the bereaved.
The Grade II listed building is the only venue in New Mill which can accommodate such a diverse range of events. However, with the toilet, kitchen and meeting room only accessible by a stone staircase, it is currently not inclusive for many people in the community.
£3,000 funding from Allchurches trust will help towards the transformation of the building, providing step free access and an accessible toilet and lift, as well as a refurbished kitchen and modernised meeting room.
This will enable Christ Church to develop their activities to meet community needs and improve the lives of local people.