Allchurches Trust grant giving proves a gift during festive season

Allchurches Trust’s latest batch of small grants are making an impact all over the UK and Ireland with 65 good causes receiving a share of £116,625 in December.

The latest projects to benefit from funding include an adventure playground for children with special needs, a charity making Religious Education lessons more interactive and a church tackling loneliness through film.

Shepherds Down School in Hampshire has big plans to build an adventure playground which is accessible to all children, no matter their disability. The primary school provides education for around 140 vulnerable children aged four to 11 with various complex physical and learning disabilities and/or life limiting conditions.

The playground will complement the school’s new sensory garden and serve as an outside classroom for children with sensory processing issues who respond well to more interactive learning.

REInspired, an educational group bringing school RE lessons to life, is using its Allchurches Trust grant to improve the equipment required to deliver interactive teaching sessions to primary and secondary school age children.

The charity provides over 60 multi-sensory learning activities, all of which are in line with the national RE curriculum. These include teaching the Christian story through craft, drama, discussion, quizzes and the studying of artefacts.

St Peter’s Church in Framilode, Gloucestershire, is developing its Heritage and Community project with Allchurches’ help. The grant will go towards a new projector for community film screenings to help tackle isolation in the community. The project will also create a friendship lunch club aimed at reducing loneliness.

If you are interested in applying for a grant, take a look at our What We Fund page to find out if you are eligible.