The Churches Trust Ltd
121 Spencer Road
9am to 5pm Monday - Thursday and 9am to 2pm on Friday
The Churches Trust was founded by the Leaders of the mainstream churches over 20 years ago in response to a recognition of the level of deprivation in the area and the necessity to work together to provide essential services to those in need.
The Churches Trust (CT) was founded by the leaders of the mainstream churches over 20 years ago who recognised the level of deprivation in the area and the need for a united response to provide much needed services. Since then the remit of CT has been changed and expanded to reach out to those in greatest need; those experiencing food poverty, the unemployed, the elderly, individuals and families disadvantaged through low education attainment and low income levels.
CT operates in the North West area but predominantly in Derry~Londonderry. We work with people who experience social isolation, poverty and deprivation. CT has made a significant difference to the lives of the people in the Derry~Londonderry area through the following projects and activities:
• The Pantry Project – a foodbank service provided to people in crisis and experiencing food poverty. Food donations are generated through community giving (churches, schools, colleges). We work in collaboration with community hubs who work intensively to address the underlying root cause of the crises and signpost people to appropriate services. The Pantry Project was established three years ago and was the first cross community official foodbank in the area.
• Low level care to older people across the City. The service is designed to address isolation and promote independence in the home.
• Maintenance/Handyperson service provided at low cost, affordable rates targeting low income families and individuals in areas of deprivation. The service includes cleaning, decluttering, gardening, decorating, guttering, grave maintenance – in summary those tasks that are difficult to source from mainstream maintenance services but that significantly enhance the mental health and well-being of those in receipt of the service.
• Training and skills development for unemployed people – working with those who are marginalised, face multiple barriers to work, and who are furthest away from the work place. The level of deprivation in Derry is compounded by 3rd~4th~and 5th generational unemployment. Our niche has been working with people with multiple barriers, empowering them with a sense of self belief and stimulating an interest in ‘wanting more’ for themselves and the generations of the future.
• Twice But Nice charity shop. Our office location and charity shop is situated near some of the most deprived wards in Northern Ireland. Whilst the shop generates income that supports some of our under-funded projects, it is more importantly recognised as an unsung social service where local people from any faith tradition come in to find support and friendship – for some their main social interaction of the day.
The greatest achievement that CT is proud of today is that it transcends all communities. CT has engaged in a range of diverse projects both as a provider of services that address deprivation but also projects that open doors for greater community relations. CT provides practical evidence of how churches can work together for the greater good of the whole community and for a shared and better future for all
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- Fiona Fagan