We are delighted to share the news that the Lifehouse Project has received a pledge of £50,000 from the Etchinghill Fund. The Etchinghill fund is backed by a couple who are only part time residents of Cornwall but have their heart here and are praying for the project and the church. We thank God for this news, and the difference it will make to peoples' lives.
Laing Family Trust received an application from us for support back in July 2019. They recently visited the site and reviewed the plans with us. It was clear to the team at All Saints that this was a charity that were likeminded in their ambition and generosity. We are so pleased that the Laing Family Trust have agree to support the project with £30,000! Thank you Laing Family Trust, we will not let you down.
We are so thrilled to be able to share the amazing news that Allchurches Trust have given the Truro Lifehouse project £50,000! This is a tremendous boost to all of our fundraising efforts for which we are immensely grateful, helping us to fulfil our hopes to invest in the community facilities at All Saints Church.
What is the Truro Lifehouse?
Truro Lifehouse came out of the 10:10 Project, built on our desire to live out the promise Jesus made to the world in John 10:10, "I have come that they may have life, life in all its fullness."
Truro Lifehouse is an ambitious plan to transform our facilities into a community hub, with a community cafe, improved access, more space, better designed storage, meeting areas, kitchens and business space. Our hope is to better support and encourage the good work of others, in the best possible way.
We do everything we can to support the amazing organisations and groups that operate out of All Saints, but we all know the current building is struggling. As one of our users said, the building doesn't show the warmth of the work that goes on inside. It's cold, austere, patched up and tacked onto. It's done its very best, but it's time for a step-change.
People come to us in a crisis and we are so grateful that they do. We're trusted, we have a fantastic team of volunteers and partner with inspirational groups and organisations that make a huge difference to people's lives. But the need is great and growing, never more so in these worrying times. Too many are vulnerable, isolated and in need.
So how can Truro Lifehouse make a difference?
We don't want to be here just for when people are in crisis. Our hope is that Truro Lifehouse can be a place for everyone. A cornerstone of the community where people can share a coffee, meet a friend, do a class, sing in a choir, take their children and meet others in similar situations. We want it to be a place where people can participate in volunteering and courses to re-build their confidence, get some back to work training or even have a go at something they always wanted to try, like Zumba, cookery classes or a craft session.
We want to be able to build on the good work that is so intrinsic to life at All Saints. Offer more services to more people and help them to make connections with other organisations that look at problems as a whole. People come in for Foodbank, but bags of food can only go so far if the cooker has broken or there's no money for the electric. Great organisations like ACTs 435 are on hand to secure donations to help with such problems, but, with increased space, other like-minded organisations will be able to work together to join up issues and find longer term solutions.
It's hoped that Truro Lifehouse will be a place that everyone in the community will feel belongs to them.
Who are our partners?
All Saints Highertown is a small C of E church, yet we have grown over the past seven years to become one of the largest community service providers in Truro. We now partner with and support over 30 user groups who work with those in our community who are struggling with food poverty, financial insecurity, social justice, addiction, dementia, mental health and other difficult life circumstances.
We're also there for more of the fun things in life, like singing, dancing, crafts, sharing cake and having a coffee. We have groups that range from Baby Ballet and Toddle to Singing for the Brain, Memory Cafe and Thursday club.
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How are we hoping to raise the money for the Truro Lifehouse?
We have been overwhelmed by the support for this project from our community. We're not a wealthy church but have been so encouraged with how people have rallied round, pitched up at events, helped to organise, volunteer, bake cakes, made tea, knitted, sewed, sung, run and painted.
We've done more than just dare to dream about redeveloping our church building into a purpose built community hub, we've developed an action plan, recruited and have been busy trying to raise money from funders who share our vision.
We have been blessed by Truro Diocese, the Church of England and Cornwall Council, all of whom recognise the hard work that goes on in our quirky looking building to reach and serve the most vulnerable in our community. We were also very recently blessed with an award of £50,000 from Allchurches Trust.
If you would like to make a donation towards the project, we have tried to make it easy for you. When you shop online, why not do so through Easy Fundraising. Many big retailers will donate to the project when you shop through them. We also have an online gift catalogue, or you could donate through just giving.
What will the new building look like?
Great Engineer and Author of all,
Architect of the Universe,
in whom all things are imagined
and brought into being,
you are the source of all godly inspiration,
and the sustainer of all that is and will be.
Take this project
with our longing to serve you,
and renovate our thoughts, and hopes and dreams
into that which you desire.
Let every idea shared in discussion, be of you,
let every line drawn in design, be of your hand,
let all our work be in the mould of your Cornerstone.
Almighty God, let this project be a delight
and treasure in your sight.
May it be for Truro
a hub of hope to the forgotten,
a beacon of light to the lost,
a treasure house for the lowly
and an oasis of abundant life
for this community.
In the name of your Son,
and in the power of the Holy Spirit.
The 10:10 Project Team were joined by Architecture Students from Falmouth University along with Lilly Lewarne architects to hear about the project and listen to presentations from our community partners. Their creative input was used in the final plans for the project and has helped shaped the design of the new building.
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