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Get Support: Scotland

Welcome

We want to support you to keep your church, chapel or meeting house open, well maintained and in use. On this page you’ll find links to resources and training to help you do this. 

Get in touch with us

Thanks to funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, we have a dedicated support officer, based in Scotland, who is on hand to help you with advice and training. You can email Karen at: Karen.Hind@nationalchurchestrust.org

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Karen Hind

Meet Karen

“Hello, I am a Built Heritage consultant who’s worked in the private and public sector in Scotland for over 25 years, managing and delivering projects for congregations and communities, as well as for private clients. I am based in Perthshire and enjoy working with people who are passionate about their buildings and helping them to realise their potential. I am excited to meet and talk to everyone involved with ecclesiastical architecture and to guide them through the advice and support available to them locally and from the National Churches Trust.”

How we can help you

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Find out more about our grants

Whether you are looking to repair your roof, install a kitchen or accessible toilets, clear asbestos or simply need help undertaking regular essential maintenance to your building, we offer a range of grants to suit the size and needs of your project. We also have a special Cherish grant – created especially to help Scottish places of worship.

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Maintenance and project advice

From how to develop and manage a church building project, to keeping your church in good condition by regular maintenance, you can find out about the key things you need to do to look after your church building.

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Tourism support

Many churches, chapels and meeting houses were built to be at the heart of their communities; to be busy and used by all. There are many ways to ensure that this is still the case. Discover how to create the perfect welcome, tell your story and more.

What's on?

Our team runs events and training to help with everything from fundraising and tourism support to how to apply for a grant. You can also view the full list of training events that the National Churches Trust will be running this year. 

Online: Read All About It

Have you got a story to share? Whether you're starting a fundraising campaign, sharing recent repair or conservation work or promoting an activity or event we've got some great advice in this free workshop on Tuesday 4 June.

Online: Social Media Essentials & New Ideas

Join us on Tuesday 2 July from 2-3pm. Find out about channels and platforms; the benefits of a plan; who are your audiences; what motivates them to engage with your content; what content you should be creating and when you should be posting; dealing with negative posts or comments; how to report so you can measure your success. Social media is ever changing, but we can help.

Online: Making the Most of Your Website

Taking place from 2-3pm on Tuesday 22 October. And as more and more elements of our daily lives move online, it makes sense that your website is the first place potential members, worshippers, volunteers, supporters, visitors or event attendees look to find out more information about your church.

How we're helping places of worship

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Find out more about Cherish

Cherish includes training, support, advice and funding for places of worship in Scotland, Wales and North West England (Cumbria, Lancashire and Greater Manchester).

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They bought a church building – now they have to keep it running

When the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) church outgrew the buildings, they were renting, they bought an abandoned church. The disused building has been transformed into a thriving community church. And this is just stage one of the journey.

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