Challenge Many churches today have buildings which are too large for their present needs. We promote and assist the effective regeneration of churches for wider community use. We help congregations create dynamic and inclusive spaces that can become change-makers within their communities.
Our approach is rooted in a church's local context - we build links with local entrepreneurs, organisations and enthusiasts. By developing effective working partnerships, we help to ensure sustainable futures for church buildings.
Solution There are as many solutions as there are buildings, but the answers all need to focus on the same principles:
Explore ways of utilising redundant or underused church buildings.
Work with churches to project-manage the development process, coordinating building professionals to deliver renovation and new-build developments.
Help churches to convert their growth into enhanced and high quality facilities.
Advise and assist churches, with dwindling congregations, to generate community interest and funding.
Results so far We have identified key buildings and we are starting to build relationships with architects, development companies and social enterprises to create vibrant and attractive spaces.
We are already working with churches in London, Southern England, East Midlands and the North East of England. The projects include properties owned by the United Reformed Church, the Church of England, Baptist and Methodist denominations.
One Church, 100 Uses anticipates working intensively with approximately 50 churches over the next five years to attract major funding and redevelopment for their buildings. We also expect to provide advice and consultancy to an estimated 30-60 additional churches, facilitating strategic entrepreneurial thinking.
samuel abelman at 9:48am 9th July, 2010
Very interested in bringing back to life redundant churches to be used as social space. This is a key part of regeneration and provides social and cultural benefits. Whilst there are numerous redundant churches and industrial spaces in my local town of Ipswich it is embarrassingly bereft of an arts space or music venue. Good examples of which in East Anglia are in Colchester and Norwich.
We are a charity working with vulnerable people and those with learning disabilities. We currently lease an office space and a small hall from a church group, but their religious views limit us in certain ways for example, they won't let us celebrate Halloween, or put on performances that deal with certain subjects, i.e an amatuer drama performance of Moulin Rouge (apparently the church group feel the main theme is prostitution and not love)
I would love to hear how this project works and how thw churches and community come together.
Liz at 3:37pm 3rd October, 2011
Please contact Joe Fraser - information co-ordinator - for our CIC One Church 100 Uses for further information / assistance: