Exploring sustainable futures for church buildings
serving congregations and communities

Inspired North East is working with local church congregations to help achieve a sustainable future for church buildings in the North East: as living places of worship, buildings used and enjoyed by local communities, welcoming places for tourists and pilgrims, and unique heritage assets.

New job opportunity: Inspired Futures Project Officer

We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced Project Officer to join our team and take the work of Inspired North East to a new level. In addition to advising and supporting parishes on finding sustainable futures for their church buildings, the Project Officer will be responsible for coordinating delivery of our HLF-funded Inspired Futures historic churches regeneration project. Please click here for further details of the job and how to apply. 

About Inspired Futures

The 'Inspired Futures' project has been awarded a Stage 2 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, enabling the project to continue to work with targeted churches around the North East to develop opportunities for heritage conservation, improvements to facilities and access, and open up potential for wider community use. Click here for more information.

Finding Funding for Church Development Projects

For advice on fundraising for projects involving repairs, improvements, heritage and/or community engagement activities involving church buildings go to our Finding Funding page. 

Spirit in Stone

This Heritage Lottery Fund supported project worked with 50 churches around the North East to engage volunteers and visitors in the heritage of our historic churches. Click here for more information including the Visitor Welcome Toolkit, children's trail, church trails and more

The Open Door self-audit questionnaire developed by the Newcastle Diocesan Disability Task Group and piloted as part of the Inspired Futures project - is available online here.

Inspired North East Telephone contact

The telephone numbers for Inspired North East are now 0191 2704123 or 2704116. Please note that the Durham details given below are no longer valid (but we are currently unable to edit the footer for technical reasons).  

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