Faith in Maintenance final reports published

The final reports from the Faith in Maintenance project have now been published.  We’ve put together an executive summary of the external evaluation work, an infographic that illustrates the aims and outcomes of the project and a booklet called ‘Maintenance Matters’.  The booklet contains a reminder of the top ten maintenance tasks that need to be carried out to keep old buildings in good condition as well as a few case studies and reflections from those who have been involved with the project. To download copies of the reports visit the Faith in Maintenance website.

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Up and running…

We received our official permission to start from the Heritage Lottery Fund at the beginning of April and since then we have been busy briefing our project partners as well as recruiting a project development officer.  We had a very positive response to our job adverts and hope to announce details of our new member of staff soon.  Work to identify the pilot areas in Worcestershire and Herefordshire continues and we’re delighted that Andrew Mottram and Tim Bridges, the church buildings support officers in these dioceses, will be getting involved in the project.  We’ve also been able to welcome a new partner to the project – Matthew Cooper of the Care of Churches Team in the Diocese of London will be looking at the possibility of setting up a third pilot area in the capital city. Find out more about Matthew’s work on the Ministry Matters blog.

Excited to be involved!

The National Churches Trust is very pleased and excited to be so closely involved in the new Maintenance Co-operative Movement project.

The Trust has a long history of working with places of worship, and encouraging good and proper maintenance, particularly through our grants programmes. We hope that through our direct contact with churches, chapels and meeting houses, and through our close relationship with local churches trusts across the UK we will be able to strengthen the project development by drawing on a wide range of experience, from a variety of areas.

To find out more about the Trust and the local churches trusts we work with please visit our website or our facebook page.

Project Development Officer

We are looking for a dedicated and enthusiastic person to take on the role of Project Development Officer.  The post holder will be required to set up the pilot schemes in the West Midlands and to assist with the preparation of the second round application to the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The salary will be £32,000 pro rata, part-time (three-days per week). The post is home based and fixed term for 9 months. The closing date is Friday 6 April and the interview date will be Friday 20 April.

Further details are available on the SPAB website.