Changes see small grants make a bigger difference

Allchurches Trust gave almost a quarter of a million pounds in February, benefiting 72 good causes across the UK and Ireland.

Recent changes to its grant-giving have increased the amount churches, charities and schools receive; resulting in £245,465 in cheques hitting doormats last month.

The latest projects to benefit include a church helping those suffering with dementia in its community, a school helping to improve children’s mental health and a church with a celebrity link preserving its heritage.

A church which acted as a refuge for soldiers fleeing German U-boats in WW2 now has plans to support people living with dementia in its community. An Allchurches grant will help the landmark church of SS Peter, Paul and St Philomena in Liverpool to reverse the effects of extensive water damage, enabling them to host community activities. The church plans to produce dementia-friendly resources. These include a ‘memory book’ which can help stimulate the ability to recall memories and a dementia-friendly CD of traditional hymns sung in the church.

Goudhurst and Kilndown Church of England Primary School is using its Allchurches grant to boost mental health. The school has plans to create a designated space where children can learn about emotional wellbeing through storytelling and play. The programme will draw upon well researched techniques based on cognitive behavioural therapy and will provide lessons that teach children key skills in empathy, communication and positive thinking.

St Michael and All Angels' Church in Haworth which houses the graves of the Brontë family has also received a grant. The church welcomes significant numbers of visitors each year but is in need of refurbishment. The church plans to transform its interior and re-imagine the space as a tourist attraction by replacing its outdated lighting and wiring systems. It is hoped the new lighting will display the church’s remarkable 1880 murals in all of their glory and create a more welcoming space for tourists and locals.

SS Peter, Paul and St Philomena churchSS Peter, Paul and St Philomena church