With more and more needs coming to the surface, it became clear that more staff were needed to really tackle the issues facing the community. As a result, the Freedom Community Project (FCP) was born. At first it was simply an expression of the church’s community ministry and in time it became a charity in its own right, but is still very much part of the Methodist Church’s ministry and work.
The grant is going to help Bolsover Methodist Church undertake long overdue repair works and create multi-purpose, flexible spaces to enrich and develop their worship, outreach and community programmes, such as the Freedom Community Project (which is now a highly respected regional charity supporting 13 post-industrial and deprived centres around Derbyshire and Sheffield and continues to expand).
Grants Officer, Paul Playford, from Benefact Trust, who run the Methodist Grants programme, said: “It is a real privilege to go and meet the people, see the projects and really understand the impact of our grants out in the community. This is an amazing project that is making so much difference to so many lives and communities who feel as though they have been let down, forgotten and given up on, repeatedly, and over many years.”