Awarded £15,600 for building repairs and refurbishment
About the organisation
St Leonard’s Church in Malinslee is a Grade II* listed building designed by Thomas Telford and built in 1805. It is a much loved attraction for local people and visitors alike and runs a number of community and faith based activities, including a weekly parent and toddler group, weekly over 50s club including craft sessions, monthly Messy Church Sunday afternoon sessions and school holiday clubs. Over the last 10 years, the District Church Council has been steadily improving and protecting the buildings fabric through a number of grant aided capital programmes.
What was needed
There is a growing demand on the services already on offer and so further improvements were needed to make better use of semi redundant/storage parts of the building to improve the offer to children, young people and their families.
What the Pride funding has meant to them
New space has been created with better storage, a community room, additional craft learning area, a new workshop learning space with two break-out areas on the ground floor. The church congregation and all of the community users are really happy with the changes and upgrades. The church can now develop more community activities with the usable space that has been created. New projects are happening with an extra event for children and young people during the week and a second craft activity for vulnerable adults in the Dawley and Malinslee areas.
The next step is to increase the number of people who use the facility.
You can follow their progress on this Blog or through their Facebook page – just search St Leonard’s Church Malinslee.