What is the Lifehouse Project?
All Saints Highertown seeks to serve its community in the most practical way. For years we’ve made our church buildings available to local community charities, organisations and groups, to help those who help others. As our reputation has grown, more groups use our space, and more of the community have connected.
But the buildings are in a poor state and failing. We’ve done our best but the make-do-and-mend approach no longer honours the good work of our community partners. If you’ve visited, you’ll know how poor our kitchens are, how the roof leaks and how cold the building can be despite the warm welcome.
So, in 2016, we decided collectively it was time for a step-change.
Using some seed money, we went out to the community, residents and groups to ask what they needed, being keen to listen and not impose. From that, the vision for the Lifehouse grew and the ambitious project to knock down and transform our facilities into a purpose-built community hub began.
Fundraising got underway, plans were approved, and then Covid hit. The exciting journey was halted in its tracks, funders closed their doors, prices escalated – but so did the need. We made some challenging decisions, went back to the drawing board and re-designed the Lifehouse to a smaller footprint, that remained big on community.
And that is where we are today.
We have approved plans for a building that will serve our community with space for all our community partners, plus a few new ones, to make the Lifehouse a place of connection for Truro. Where people can connect with each other, not just through groups and activities, but with a Community Café.
Fully accessible, there will be sociable space for community choirs, craft groups, children and parent groups, people living with disability and/or dementia. There will also be discreet spaces for people to get help with all the ways that poverty impacts on people, practically and emotionally.