As a consequence of the Covid pandemic, we have adjusted the project outcomes agreed with the National Lottery Heritage Fund, so that they better meet the needso fthe clergy, lsity and communities of the project churches.
The outcomes are now:
- Assess the needs of the church clusters and deliver a programme of training events and workshops for those volunteers involved, so they can develop their skills and work together to secure their futures as community heritage assets.
- Develop a specific change model/practical building improvement pilot project for each cluster for one or more of their church buildings.
- Engage 8 churches in Community Action Northumberland's “Aspire Award” community facilities quality assurance scheme, and develop a toolkit for other churches to use to gain accreditation for their church as a well-run venue.
- Work with a strategic development and business planning consultant (Yvonne Conchie) to support churches from the four target areas to develop suitable pilot proposals for each of the clusters.
The project timeline has also been extended and it is now running until January 2022.