Moving on up!

24 SEP 2020

Allchurches Trust is supporting 63 churches and Christian charities with a total of £220,250 in its latest round of monthly grants. Three examples of projects which have benefited from this welcome boost focus on reaching for that next step (or climbing hold in one case!) in making change to enhance community support.

St Mary’s Youth Project, Cleobury Mortimer, Shrophsire 
 
St Mary’s Youth Project (SMYP) is a youth work charity created to provide out-of-school, exciting activities for young people in the local area. 
 
SMYP uses rock climbing as an intervention which can help to develop many aspects of a young person’s character, encouraging them to focus and grow their mental and physical wellbeing. 
 
In 2015 they established a regular rock climbing club at an indoor climbing facility and, in 2017, developed a full programme of physical and emotional education called ‘Active Education’, working in partnership with local secondary schools to engage hard to reach young people and their families.
 
With a growing appetite for the programme and climbing in particular, SMYP feel it’s time to make the next step and build their own climbing wall at the old Methodist Church, now called Cleobury Community Hub (CCH).
An Allchurches’ grant of £1,800 will help SMYP climb towards this goal, which will complement the other activities they run from CCH – including a dance studio, soft play area, messy church and parenting courses. 
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The Church @ Swan Mead, Basildon, Essex
 
An Allchurches’ grant of £10,000 is supporting The Church @ Swan Mead to build a new church hall, enabling them to serve people experiencing homelessness and older people in the community. 
 
The church sits within an area that falls within the bottom 1% for education and bottom 6% for poverty in England. The existing building was constructed in the 1970s and is no longer fit for purpose. 
 
The new hall will feature new toilets, a wet room and a large kitchen – welcoming the most vulnerable to eat, freshen up and make themselves at home.
 
The Church of the Ascension, Bath 
 
From old to new! The Church of the Ascension is using a grant of £1,500 from Allchurches Trust to covert the unsafe, broken tarmac at the front of the church into a beautiful walkway garden.
 
The church is located in the middle of a grey, built up housing area which is crying out for colour!
 
Many people walk through the churchyard to the school next door and the hall at the back of the church, so the planned garden with various plants, a bench and water feature will brighten up the daily routine and provide a space for quiet contemplation. 
 
Other parts of the project include replacing the path to the side of the church with an accessible gravel path to match that in the garden; replacing the inner porch doors with welcoming glass doors; and lastly installing a defibrillator on the outside of the church as a lifesaver for the community in so many ways. 
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