St Francis Church awarded £100,000 grant
St Francis Church on Dalgarno Way in west London has been awarded a grant of £100,000 to pay for an employee to work with young people and families in the local area.
The children’s worker will be part of an ongoing effort by St Francis to engage with and support young people in an area where there is a high level of child deprivation.
St Francis is one of ten churches around the UK to have received a grant from The Archbishops’ Council and Church Commissioners targeted at projects in deprived areas around the UK. It is part of £12million set aside for research and development work in 2011-13.
The church expects the funding will pay for the new worker for five years as well as providing funding for resources and equipment to make St Francis a family- friendly church.
It builds on the work with local children the church has already been doing in the area; St Francis runs a children’s church on a Sunday and has hosted a family Fun Day. A small team of volunteers also engage in outreach with disaffected children and young people.
The Revd Azariah France-Williams, Curate in Charge of St Francis said:
"The incredible news is still sinking in. There were a number of great bids and we feel very honoured to have been chosen. There is an urgent need in the Dalgarno Way area for committed and full time children’s work and this generous award will allow the Church to fill this void."