Supporting communities through faith, food and fitness

05 MAY 2020

Allchurches Trust has helped 80 churches and Christian charities with a total of £254,400 in its latest round of grant-giving. Some examples of those who have benefited from Allchurches’ funding, are three community based projects - all with the aim of creating a more unified community where people can flourish.

Active 63 - Centre63, Liverpool

Centre63 is a youth centre in the Knowsley Borough – one of the fifth most disadvantaged boroughs in England. The centre runs projects to provide vital support for the community. This includes: an Employability service working with NEET (Not in Education, Employment, or Training) young people; a youth club and multi-media music project; and a YES (Youth Enquiry Service) providing housing, tenancy and financial advice.

The centre aims to be the first choice provider for community support, and with this in mind they want to enhance their sport and leisure provision with the ‘Active 63’ project. 

Allchurches’ funding of £3,500 will transform the centre’s dilapidated play courts into a multi-use games area for football, netball, tennis and basketball. This facility will help to engage disadvantaged members of the community in positive leisure activities, helping to deter children/young people from anti-social behaviour - which often stems from deprivation and boredom. The games area will help increase their health and well-being and will offer volunteer opportunities for the community.

Centre63 believe that ‘if we support our young properly, they will build better societies for everyone’.

 
Supporting communities through faith, food and fitness
Fitzherbert Community Hub - St John the Baptist Church, Brighton
 
The Catholic Parish of East Brighton is a vibrant, welcoming church community serving four of the most socially disadvantaged areas of Brighton. 
 
St John the Baptist Church, in partnership with three local charities, is converting its under-used and run-down parish hall into a community hub with a “pay as you feel” community café and food bank. This will use food otherwise destined for landfill and will benefit those currently using the parish hall and the wider community.
 
Allchurches Trust has awarded the church £10,500 towards the cost of renovating the hall, so that St John’s can create a sustainable space where disadvantaged people in Brighton can ‘break bread’, grow strong, and flourish. 
Supporting communities through faith, food and fitness
Shepshed World of Life Church, Leicestershire
 
Shepshed Word of Life Church was established in 2013 from the Union of Belton Street Baptist Church and Shepshed Evangelical Free Church. It has around 80 members in the congregation and the church works hard to support the community, hosting a day centre for older people; parent and toddler groups; and a meeting place for young people.
 
With an ambition to grow further and expand their offering, the church has realised its two existing buildings are unfit for purpose; especially in light of thousands of new houses due to be built in the local area. 
 
Allchurches has granted the church £15,000 towards the renovation of a new purpose-built building, providing a space for congregational growth and community support. It will be fully accessible, including disabled parking and toilet facilities. The space will enable church numbers to expand and will have potential for a community café and services in the future. 
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