The new Maintenance Co-operative Movement project will be delivered with assistance from a range of partners in the heritage sector. At a local level we will work with diocesan and other denominational groups as well as local churches trusts and other heritage organisations. We are also pleased to have developed links with the following organisations:
National Churches Trust: The National Churches Trust (NCT) is the only national, independent, non-profit organisation dedicated to promoting and supporting church buildings of historic, architectural and community value across the UK. The NCT promotes the use of church buildings by congregations and the wider community not just as places of worship but as venues for social, cultural and educational activities, and as centres of local history and architecture for visitors and tourists. The NCT advocates the conservation of places of worship of historic value for the use and enjoyment of future generations.
Caring for God’s Acre: Caring for God’s Acre (CfGA) exists to promote, conserve and enhance the natural and built features of churchyards principally, by working with community and special interest groups, and by drawing on the skills of a wide range of partner organisations. There is no other comparable organisation that addresses both the nature conservation potential and the built heritage of these unique, sacred sites or that seeks to promote their potential for lifelong learning and as a community resource.
The Arthur Rank Centre: The ARC is an ecumenical Christian charity founded in 1972 to be a focus and resource for the work of churches in rural areas through the sharing of good practice, the provision of training and the encouragement of Christian ministry. The ARC leads the Christian churches in their efforts to improve the quality of life of those living and working in rural communities and supports and extends the work of rural churches.
Somerset & Avon Probation Trust: Community Payback is a tough and visible consequence for offenders who have committed a crime. Offenders can receive up to 300 hours and can involve hacking back dense undergrowth, clearing rubbish or scrubbing graffiti from walls. Whilst doing this work offenders are required to wear high visibility jackets to make sure the public are aware of the work they are doing. The beneficiaries are often charities who provide services for the community. This is a punishment which aims to support offenders developing skills which maybe transferable to the work place.