Exploring sustainable futures for church buildings
serving congregations and communities
Inspired North East works 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.
Rural Churches for Everyone
A National Lottery Heritage funded project aiming to secure sustainable futures for church buildings. It will support those caring for 42 rural churches, to work collaboratively in four clusters to share ideas and focus on a vision for the future of their buildings as heritage and community assets. More information is available here.
Planning a Repair or Re-ordering Project?
We offer a number of tried and tested project planning tools and resources to help congregations looking to improve their buildings or facilities. Take a look here.
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.
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.
Achieving Net Zero Carbon
Up to date information for Newcastle Diocese is available here.
Thanks to a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, this project has been 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. Click here for more information.
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.