Allchurches Trust welcomes in new year with fresh round of funding

Allchurches Trust’s latest batch of small grants are making an impact all over the UK and Ireland with 48 good causes receiving a share of £154,650 this January.

The latest projects to be supported include a school transforming a double decker bus, a charity helping people get back into work and a parish bringing young people together for a week of summer enrichment.

Baston Church of England Primary School in Lincolnshire plan to use their grant to turn a donated double decker bus into a library and learning space with a woodland theme. The bus will feature a communal reading space, storage and books for all reading ages, allowing the children to enjoy reading in a fun and interesting environment, instead of the school’s existing cramped library.

YMCA Exeter asked for Allchurches Trust’s help to support a year-long scheme helping disadvantaged people get back into work. The candidates, who often have very few qualifications, low self-esteem and poor social skills, will choose from activities including helping in a coffee shop and repairing bikes. The project will give them on the job experience as well as skills in managing finances, working in a team and setting goals.

The Roman Catholic parish of Cumber Upper and Learmount in Derry, Northern Ireland, will use its grant to support HOPE, a project bringing 70 young people together for a week-long summer scheme. The ‘retreat’ will encourage 10 to 15-year-olds to build leadership skills, improve physical and mental health and introduce them to activities they may not have the opportunity to take part in otherwise. Activities include crafts, baking and dancing, as well as cultural awareness activities such as Japanese drumming and Indian henna tattooing.

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.

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