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.

About Inspired Futures

Thanks to a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, this project is working with a number of 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. Ian Bapty is now in post as Project Officer. Click here for more information.

The Project Officer will also continue the work of Inspired North East in advising parishes in Newcastle Diocese on finding sustainable futures for their church buildings. 

Finding Funding for Church Building 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.

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