Benefice of Newnham with Awre and Blakeney, Gloucestershire
Newnham, Awre and Blakeney are communities on the edge of the Forest of Dean, where children’s aspirations are generally low and opportunities are limited. The Benefice of Newnham has been working in partnership with Sportily to change this, engaging local schools in active RE lessons, mental health first aid training for children, and sports clubs.
A £3,200 grant will help to build on Sportily’s work in local schools over the last 18 months, by running holiday clubs and weekly after school groups in the Benefice’s underused community youth space.
Building Improvement Grants
St Mark's Parish Hall, Pendlebury, Greater Manchester
St Mark’s Church has supported its community in Pendlebury for nearly 100 years. The church serves a population of around 3,850 people in an area that is ranked one of the most deprived in the UK. The church urgently needs to upgrade its parish hall so it can continue to serve local people. It was built in 1955, and the boiler is over 40 years old, there is no insulation, and the lighting is failing.
A £7,100 Building Improvement Grant will enable the hall to undergo developments, including new Infra-Red Heating, LED lighting and solar panels. The church will set the way for the diocese’ goal of being net zero by 2038.
Downfield Mains Church, Dundee
Downfield Mains Church plans to do a major upgrade of its sanctuary, changing it from an area used one day a week into a multi-purpose area that can be used by both the church and the wider community.
A grant of £11,270 will support the development, which will include the removal of pews and a redundant organ, new insulation, air source heat pumps, new lighting, a new AV system, secondary glazing, and the repair of the stained-glass windows.