Our programme of free autumn events to provide training for anyone helping to look after places of worship is beginning to come together. We’ve got our launch in the North East on 17 September 2014 at St Andrew’s Hartburn. This will be run by our project officer Alaina Schmisseur with sessions on how to do a maintenance audit for your building and developing a maintenance plan from James Innerdale, our Technical Officer.
There are still a few places left for our Grants and Funding Workshop in Lincolnshire on 23 September 2014. This will provide you with everything you need to be able to
prepare a successful grant/funding application for your place of worship, whether it’s for repairs, or for a major re-ordering project. And our events in Dorset and Somerset will kick off with a Faith in Maintenance training course in Wells on 29 September, followed by more events to come in October and November.
Our major event in the autumn will be our first annual Maintenance Co-operatives conference timed to coincide with National Maintenance Week. This will be on 21 November 2014 at the Merchant Taylors’ Hall in York and will include maintenance surgeries, expert speakers and walking tours round York. Booking will open from the end of September and we’ll post more details once we’ve finalised the programme.
You can find details of all our events on our website where you can also find the beginnings of a project toolkit to help anyone who’s looking after or helping to maintain a place of worship. You can already download a template to help you assess the condition of your building, and a glossary to help you with technical or architectural terms if you are not familiar with them. We’ll be adding more resources as we develop them.