Allchurches Trust gave record £16.9 million in grants in 2018

first_img About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. Melanie May | 19 March 2019 | News Allchurches Trust gave record £16.9 million in grants in 2018 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis18 Allchurches Trust gave a record £16.9 million in grants in 2018, to churches, charities and schools throughout the UK and Ireland.More than 1,100 good causes benefited from funding from Allchurches Trust, provided through its ownership of Ecclesiastical Insurance Group.Some 41% of grants were given an uplift based on a deprivation scale factor to help those in areas of greatest need, £730,000 was given to churches and cathedrals to adapt their buildings for community use and £2.2 million went out in grants to protect and preserve listed buildings.The record total included a grant of more than half a million pounds to enable the national expansion of the Archbishop of York Youth Trust’s Young Leaders Award. It supported young people in the North West to complete 58,986 hours of volunteering in 2018 and has reached 76,000 young people in more than 600 primary and secondary schools.A partnership with Cloudesley provided funding to churches in Islington to go green and save money on their energy bills, while a £115,000 Allchurches’ grant is helping the Salvation Army to transform Beatles’ landmark, Strawberry Field, into a visitor attraction that will act as a training and work placement hub for people with learning disabilities.In Gloucestershire, a £45,000 grant is helping PSALMS (Putting Sport alongside Local Ministries) support local churches to run sporting activities for young people, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds in rural areas, while Pierremont Methodist Church received funding to help it tackle food poverty in the local area, including the development of a training kitchen and community café.Sir Philip Mawer, Allchurches Trust Chairman, said:“We’re proud to support charities and churches of many different Christian denominations addressing homelessness, poverty and isolation, along with many other projects involved in social action.“At the heart of our grant-giving is helping those people and communities most in need. Thanks to the profits that Ecclesiastical Insurance Group provides, we’ve been able to give more than £110 million in grants over the past 10 years, supporting thousands of beneficiaries to change lives and communities for the better.”Allchurches Trust does not have deadlines for receiving applications. Every application is reviewed by its Trustees and a decision given within three to six months.The Trust also awarded its first grants under its new heritage programme in 2018 as part of its Strategic Grants Review – aimed at maximising the impact of its funding and broadening the scope of its giving – and launched a new website.  187 total views,  1 views today Tagged with: Funding Advertisement  188 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis18last_img read more

Much Ado Abouot Nothing

first_imgContinuing the theatrical trend for all things al fresco this term, Creation Theatre Company have returned to Headington Hill Park with the chaotic comedy Much Ado About Nothing. Director Charlotte Conquest has played up Shakespeare’s Mediterranean setting with sizzling flamenco dances and vibrant costumes, making it the perfect play for a balmy summer evening. The most striking aspect of this production is its use of space. The stage is a simple red square but the action is projected on different levels by means of a treehouse nestled in a magnificent oak. The expanse of parkland behind the stage proper is used to full effect to create extra comic gems, supposedly taking place off-stage. This heightens the dramatic irony which lies at the core of Shakespeare’s comedy, as we see characters approaching long before those on stage do. The scenes in which Benedick and Beatrice ‘accidentally’ overhear gossip about their tempestuous relationship make particularly good use of the versatile stage set. The pace is relentless with characters entering from unexpected directions, (and occasionally on bicycles) having performed lightning-fast costume changes. The cast have a rollicking good time evoking a real sense of girlish mischief and laddish japing. The mood becomes briefly more sombre at Hero’s ‘funeral’ with an atmospheric torch-lit procession, but the production really excels at the slapstick consequences of mistaken identity. The watch scenes are, as always, a little tedious and silly but they are redeemed by Tom Peters’ wonderful turn as the arthritic Verges with his cumbersome walking frame. Peters makes use of the same physical gags in his main role as Benedick; rubber-faced and dynamic, he plays up to the audience as a swaggering confirmed bachelor. His only match in the strutting stakes is the razortongued Beatrice, played by Elizabeth Hopley. She sensitively tracks the change in Benedick’s sparring partner from cross-dressing livewire into a more emotional, softer character. Dudley Hinton’s lovelorn Claudio is the archetypal callow youth with puppy dog eyes and a boy bandesque white suit. Julien Ball is also consummately smooth as Don Pedro, from his Godfather-inspired entrance complete with mirror shades, trimmed goatee and medallion, to his swift wooing of Hero for his lovestruck friend Claudio. Conquest’s production is full of light comic touches seasoned with splashes of Sicilian colour. As long as the British weather holds out, there is no better way to round off the Oxford term.ARCHIVE: 6th week TT 2004last_img read more

Students bring Christmas cheer to Robinson Center

first_imgHoliday cheer filled the air with cookie decorating, holiday music, snacks and Santa visits at Saturday’s fourth annual Winter Wonderland at the Robinson Center. The Community Outreach event, sponsored by Student Activities Board (SAB), was held for students at South Bend community schools and the Early Childhood Development Center (ECDC) children of Saint Mary’s and Notre Dame, SAB vice president Alli Gerths said. Gerths said over 1,500 flyers were printed to advertise the event and 300 families from ECDC were invited,. “Winter Wonderland is primarily for underprivileged students so it’s really important that children have a chance to spend Christmas with their families and big holidays that might not have the opportunity to do so otherwise,” Gerths said. She said SAB recognizes that Christianity isn’t the only religion celebrated in South Bend. “We don’t want to just exclude it to [only] Christmas although there is a lot of Christmas stuff going on,” Gerths said. “We want all the holidays to be celebrated, that’s why we call it winter wonderland.” In addition to the visiting Santa, children had access to a variety of crafts such as make your own reindeer and coloring pages, Gerths said. “We want to make it a warm welcoming place for kids to be able to decorate their houses with, we assume they take those crafts home and actually use them to decorate their house because that’s apart of the Christmas spirit,” Gerths said. She said Santa was an especially big hit at the event for kids of all backgrounds. “Their excitement about Santa is unreal. We have kids here from every different nationality and kids from oversee,” Gerths said. “Santa goes across worlds so it’s really cool to see them get excited about it, just as we are excited about it in the United States.”SAB values the importance of giving back to the South Bend community through outreach events like Winter Wonderland, Gerths said. “I know sometimes there’s a little bit of riff between community members and the college students,” she said. “We want to allow the kids to make really good memories here at Saint Mary’s and make it a positive place for the community,”   Contact Alex Winegar at [email protected]last_img read more