Churches helping local communities

We’ve been reading ‘The Church in Action’ which details some of the ways in which parish churches in England help meet social need in their community. Looking at Church of England parishes, the report from the Church Urban Fund shows that they offer a wide range of activities for their local communities: 69% provide support with school work, 54% offer activities to care for the elderly and 51% run parent and toddler groups.

Community for blogThe National Churches Trust gives grants to churches of all Christian denominations throughout the UK. Much of our funding helps with urgent repairs but in recent years, funding has extended to help Christian places of worship install modern facilities such as kitchens, heating and toilets to enable greater community use.

Churches are of course, primarily places of worship. But they are also venues for playgroups, lunch clubs and for the arts. many provide much needed support for the homeless, the elderly and for counselling services.

Improved facilities

Our National Survey, published in 2011, showed that churches of all denominations could offer more to their communities with improved modern facilities. Nearly a third of the UK’s 47,000 Christian places of worship do not have toilets. Buildings with toilets, adequate heating and tea/coffee making facilities are much more likely to offer additional community activities and support.

This year our Community Grants offer help towards the cost of installing essential facilities, such as kitchens and toilets, improving access for people with special needs/disabilities. These mean that places of worship can be used by more people, thereby providing benefits for congregations, local people and visitors. We can give grants of between £5,000 and £25,000.

There is more information on our website

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