Funding sporting chances for all

June was another winning month for the charitable organisations who do so much good work in our communities and Allchurches Trust is proud to have been able to support 74 churches, charities and schools with £212,750 of grant funding last month.

In Manchester, the Ivy Church has a long-standing reputation for innovative partnerships and unifying work. It meets in five locations each Sunday and has various sports ministries and teams.

The church has just purchased a 125-year lease on the site of a Cricket & Lacrosse Club in Stockport and Allchurches have given a grant of £5,250 towards the building of a new pavilion and the refurbishment of the existing clubhouse and changing rooms. The development of the site, in partnership with the existing sports clubs, will create a new multi-purpose community and sports hub, plus a new church site for the Ivy Church.

Allchurches Grants Officer, Peter Mojsa, said: “This is really innovative thinking by this non-denominational church. There are obvious connections between the Ivy Church and the sports clubs on this site already, but with the development of a contemporary coffee and social space the community will benefit from Ivy’s other services as they begin to operate from the site. These include a debt centre, job clubs, leadership training, recovery meetings, affordable weddings, marriage courses and Alpha courses.”

St Clement’s Bell Close Churchyard in Truro, Cornwall, is also a wildlife haven and nature reserve with ancient monuments and views across the Tresillian River. It’s popular with tourists and local residents as a place to walk, find peace and connect with nature, but is inaccessible to older people and those with a disability.

A grant to St Clement’s to create slip-resistant and accessible pathways and wildlife-focused areas for children means that a nearby school for children with special needs can make greater use of the churchyard and that everyone can enjoy the area and wildlife safely, plus tend to family graves.

Allchurches has also given a grant to assist with the refit and upgrade works to Morning Star’s two sailing training vessels. The Morning Star Trust changes more than 400 young people’s lives each year through the provision of multi-night sail training courses and youth work at sea. This Christian charity specialises in sail training for young people from all backgrounds and of all faiths and none.

Ted North, Fundraising Ambassador at Morning Star Trust, said: “Without the generosity and continued support from trusts like Allchurches and the wider community, we would not have been able to provide so many residential interventions for vulnerable young people referred to us by youth organisations, specialist schools, homeless charities and individuals.”

Morning Star Trust also offers mission voyages to Christian youth groups, Duke of Edinburgh participants and Royal Yacht Club sail training courses to anyone. These help fund its life-changing personal development programmes for young people. The charity’s mission is that everyone, including the most vulnerable, should have the opportunity to turn their lives around for a better future and to experience life in all its fullness.