Community Businesses in Places of Worship

Plunkett has an aspiration to see more community businesses trading in places of worship

Research undertaken in 2012 with the Heritage Lottery Fund and Germinate suggested that such initiatives were few and far between, but those that existed made a positive impact on the long-term sustainability of the place of worship as well as the wider community.

One such enterprise was Beech Hill Village Shop in Berkshire which was set up by local residents to create an accessible and welcoming service in the community whilst keeping the church in use.

To encourage more community businesses to consider locating in places of worship, we are developing a UK-wide campaign that aims to inspire new projects of this kind, develop bespoke support and advice for groups and secure grant funding to cover group’s start-up costs.

We are pleased to be developing this campaign in partnership with the following organisations and individuals:

  • Action with Communities in Rural England

  • The Architectural Heritage Fund

  • The Bishop of Ripon

  • The Church of England

  • Diocese of Hereford

  • Germinate: The Arthur Rank Centre

  • Growing the Rural Church Project, The Diocese of Exeter

  • Heritage Trust Network

  • Historic Churches Scotland

  • Historic Religious Buildings Alliance

  • National Churches Trust

  • Power to Change

  • The Historic Chapels Trust

  • The Methodist Church

  • Welsh Historic Places of Worship Forum

We expect to launch the campaign at the beginning of 2020 and this will showcase examples of best practice and provide further information and support for groups interested in pursuing this type of project.

Need some help?

If you would like to know more about this campaign or know of a successful enterprise trading in a place or worship or would like to support this work, please get in touch. Contact Phillip Vincent.

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