North London Church to Become Community Hub
A Grade II church in North London has received a £20,000 grant from the National Churches Trust (NCT) to help fund a project to transform the church into a community hub.
St Andrew, Stoke Newington is on Historic England’s Heritage at Risk Register, and received the £20,000 grant from the NCT to help fund the restoration of the first-floor hall.
This extensive project will see new wiring and a new roof installed, with the £20,000 from the NCT being used to install toilets and upgrade the kitchen facilities. Once the repair work is completed is it hoped that the hall will then be used as a community hub, with the aim of featuring a nursery and after-school club, as well as a potential night shelter.
The Revd Charis Enga, Priest in Charge at St Andrew’s Church, said:
“The funding which we have received from the NCT will play an important role in our ongoing repair work, and will help transform the church into a community hub for the local area. There is a huge shortage of nursery places for low-income families in Stoke Newington, and this grant will allow the church to step up and play an important role in supporting the local community.”
Alongside the HCT grant, St Andrew’s will also be supported through funding provided by the Diocese of London and Hackney Borough Council as well as other grant-making trusts and foundations.