Inspired Futures

The Inspired Futures project has worked with a number of churches in the North East of England to develop opportunities for heritage conservation, improvements to facilities and access, and open up potential for wider community use.

This work has been made possible by grant funding of £221,900 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). This enabled us to deploy the creativity and expertise of a team of volunteers and professionals to work with a number of churches in the North East of England to develop opportunities for heritage conservation, improvements to facilities and access, and open up potential for wider community use.

Purposes of the project:

  • Six churches received priority regeneration support to produce:detailed options appraisals, business plans, fundraising strategies, heritage activity and interpretation plans, proofs of concept, and design specifications for any repairs and adaptations.
  • A training and skills programme covered topics such as: creating effective briefs and working with consultants; business planning; marketing; web development and social media; collections care and management; fundraising; and working with volunteers.
  • Each priority church was supported to produce small-scale heritage interpretation displays, learning resources and digital content.
  • The remaining 12 churches from the original cohort received mentoring and advisory support, access to training workshops and networking opportunities.
  • A regional conference in July 2019 brought together examples of successful church regeneration projects and methodologies to share learning and practice - papers from this event can be found here..

For more details of the project and 'way forward' plans for each of the individual churches please explore the project pages listed in the left-hand menu.