Creating places where people can thrive

19 FEB 2020
Allchurches Trust has helped 42 churches and Christian charities get off to a positive start this New Year with £142,225 given in grants.  
 
A £6,300 grant to The Abernethy Trust (pictured) will help towards the construction of an indoor climbing wall at its Barcaple Centre in Dumfries and Galloway. The climbing wall is part of a new multi-purpose activity barn that will provide wheelchair-accessible indoor facilities for local people, along with those who visit the centre as part of its Christian residential programmes. 
 
This community facility is helping The Abernethy Trust to reduce social isolation and encourage people to improve their health and wellbeing.  
 
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All Saints' and St James' Church in Brightlingsea will be using its grant to transform the church into a venue capable of hosting concerts, exhibitions and festivals. A £9,000 grant from Allchurches Trust will help towards the cost of building a much needed on-site accessible toilet and kitchen facilities, as well as preserving the 13th Century church’s heritage.  The church hopes the new facilities will create a welcoming space that encourages its community to develop skills as volunteers, as well as preserve its heritage. 
 
An Allchurches Trust grant of £10,000 is also helping Christian charity, The Message Trust (pictured), help stop the cycle of reoffending for people being released from Yorkshire prisons. Through its social enterprise programmes, The Message Trust helps ex-offenders gain access to housing, employment and rehabilitation, as well as training to learn basic work skills. The funds given by Allchurches will go towards transforming an unused church building into a new base for the charity in Sheffield. Watch the video below to learn more about The Message Trust's project.
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