Community comes first – Benefact Trust’s latest grants

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Community comes first – Benefact Trust’s latest grants

Published: 21 July 2022
A total of £200,000 is on its way to 55 churches and Christian charities in Benefact Trust’s latest round of funding.

See some of the inspiring organisations aiming to make a real difference in their communities with the support of our General Grants Programme:

SWAY, Isle of Wight 

South White Area Youth (SWAY) is a Christian organisation giving hope and focus to young people in the South of the Isle of Wight. This area includes some of the most disadvantaged rural areas of the UK. This deprivation is a stark and hidden story set in a seemingly affluent south coast region. Problems include housing and educational deprivation, lack of employment opportunities, lack of public transport, unaffordable shops and a poor experience with government services often reinforcing distrust and disaffection.

With the support of a General Grant of £10,000, SWAY will build a new Community Hub in Chale Green, which will also operate as a café and base for the charity to grow. Following the closure of the local village shop, post office and cafe in 2020, the village has no community base, removing a lifeline for the numerous people depending on these facilities. The new hub will offer local residents a centre to connect with others and access services that they have so badly missed.

Faithworks Wessex (Blandford Foodbank), Bournemouth

Blandford Foodbank provides support, advice and guidance to help relieve financial stress and help people on their journey out of crisis. The foodbank provides three days’ worth of food to struggling individuals and families. It also provides a range of other services such as money advice, cooking on a budget, and holiday top-up vouchers. 

£4,000 funding from the General Grants programme will help to develop The Foodbank Shop, which will provide fresh food and support to build people’s confidence and resilience. It will also partner with every school in Blandford to ensure that households with extremely low incomes will have access to the shop, especially in school holidays when families struggle the most.

Stoke St Gregory Baptist Church building
Stoke St Gregory Baptist Church, Somerset

Stoke St Gregory Baptist Church is a rural church with an active congregation and community. It is a striking Grade II listed church built in 1895. The chapel has been recently renovated and now has plans to restore its stables, which have fallen into a state of disrepair.
£2,000 from Benefact Trust will bring the outbuildings back into working order to be used for outreach activities such as coffee mornings for the older members of the community, messy church, and a space for young people to connect and chat. The space will also be used for outdoor services and events.
St John’s Church, Blackpool
St John’s Church has been selected as the town’s Resource Church to explore new forms of church in a rapidly changing world. The vision is to address the decline in church members and to engage with families, young people and children from all walks of life. 
£12,000 from our General Grants Programme will help the church to: create a contemporary worship space by opening up the building; install a welcome area which will host a café, social supermarket and courses for life skills training; install a crèche area for young families; create an office space for church planning; and make a dedicated prayer room for 24/7 use. 
Worship and singing at St John's Church

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