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Building communities, transforming lives: The difference your money can make

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A confident, compassionate and creative Church reaches out to meet the needs of its community.

The Richard Chartres Fund for London is managed by the London College of Bishops. It aims to grow the Church, provide communities with buildings that are fit for purpose, and support children and young people in ways that align with our Capital Vision 2020 objectives.

Across the Diocese our 10,000+ volunteers run hundreds of foodbanks, homeless shelters and many other services for London’s most disadvantaged people. We want to enable our churches to do more. We will fund initiatives to ensure our parishes stand on firm foundations to do the good work that they are so passionate about.

Your donation to the fund means your monies can be allocated to where the need is greatest. Examples of how the fund will be allocated are outlined below. Please contact us if you wish to donate to a specific project.


£1,000 will equip 625 people to be ambassadors for Christ, seeking to make a real difference in their work places and communities. We want to commission 100,000 ambassadors by 2020.


£5,000 can fund a year of our ‘pray for seven people that we may share with them the story of our faith’ initiative – which should lead to 500,000 prayers!


£17,000 can fund the roll out of a new ‘RE with Soul‘ curriculum which could be used by schools across the UK.


£20,000 can fund a part time children and families worker for one year and change the lives of hundreds of young people like Dandave.


£42,000 would pay for us to put a young Londoner through a three-year youth work apprenticeship.


£100,000 can fund the furniture and AV fit out of a new church and community centre like the one at St Luke’s, Millwall so they can offer a homeless shelter, ‘mums n tots’ groups and lots more.


£500,000 can make a church building welcoming to the whole community – removing pews to create flexible space, providing disability access, toilets and changing facilities, installing basic kitchen equipment or creating some office space.


£1,500,000 can re-open a closed church, allowing for reordering to be done, and heating, disabled access, and kitchen facilities to be installed, so that life within the church can flourish, like at St Michael’s Fulwell.


£3,500,000 could build a new church with a community centre, ensuring that the whole community has a facility for worship and activities like after-school clubs, foodbanks and much more.

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