£176k boost as Norwich church tackles poverty
A Norwich church has received a £176,000 Big Lottery Fund grant for a project to combat the effects of poverty on the city’s Mile Cross estate.
King’s Community Church received the funding for The King’s Venue project which is designed to tackle the estate’s high levels of deprivation and poor education as well as employment, parenting and long-term health problems.
King's has been involved in the Mile Cross community for over eight years, five of which have been based at the King's Venue - a self-contained suite of rooms which are part of the Norman Centre - where it runs community-focused events.
Over the years the church has been involved in running a Friday-night youth group, Gardening Club, Youth Theatre, Craft Club, Computer Club, Baby & Toddlers Group, financial advice service and bereavement support.
Church lead elder, Toby Skipper, said: “We're very grateful to the Big Lottery Fund for awarding us this grant. It enables us, over the next five years, to not only continue with some of these projects but also to invest in them, helping them become more effective and beneficial to those living in the Mile Cross area.
“We will continue to work with other groups who are active in the Mile Cross community to ensure we maximise the benefit of the grant and would love to hear from people in the community with their ideas, so we can make sure this grant funding has the best chance of making a positive difference to as many people as possible.
“Mile Cross is a great place to live. Many of our members are part of the local area and we are excited about how this funding will help us do even more to strengthen the community that we love being part of.”
Pictured above is King’s lead elder Tony Skipper with wife Jean.