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“While our survey uncovered some truly inspiring examples of churches running innovative projects that are addressing a very real need in their communities, it’s clear that many are struggling to run activities at all or are offering support that they feel lacks relevance or is unattractive to local families. Many are hampered by buildings that are not fit for purpose and outdated equipment.

“We hope to help overcome some of these practical problems through our new grants programme. We also aim to share shining examples of projects making a difference and encouraging church growth, so that more churches and Christian organisations feel inspired and confident to help young people in their communities reach their potential, spiritually and in other ways.” 

Ralph Heskett, Bishop for Youth at the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales, said: “Without young people in our Church we are impoverished. They bring creativity, vitality and a fresh outlook on life.

“At the same time, there is so much we could offer if it were not for the many practical barriers that limit or prevent local outreach projects from getting started.

“I am delighted to hear of the Growing Lives grant offered by the Allchurches Trust to help overcome these barriers.

“I look forward to seeing the development of new projects supported by this grant that help young people grasp their deepest meaning in life through a regular encounter with their best friend, Jesus.”

To find out more and apply to the grant click here.

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