We raise funds and provide £150,000 in grants for churches every year in Gloucestershire, South Gloucestershire, and North Bristol. Our grants for the repair and improvement of churches are vital to help these buildings stay alive as active centres of community life and landmarks of the wonderful architectural heritage of the area.
Could you help us?
Our new chair, Colin Senior, wants to grow and develop the Trust. So, we will be looking for volunteers over the next year who would like to help us help our local churches. And, to start we are looking for volunteers who can help with our website and grants but do look out for further opportunities! These roles are voluntary, but we pay expenses and mileage to any volunteers who wish to claim them.
Volunteer website update and maintenance volunteer
We have recently launched a new website in WordPress at www.ghct.org.uk and we have had a significant increase in site visits. So we are now looking for help to add and amend content on the site. We want it to remain relevant and continue to attract visitors who are interested in our work and local historic churches. A volunteer with WordPress experience would be ideal, but we can give instruction to anyone who is confident with web technology and is happy updating the news and campaign content. In a typical month we could have two or three changes with weekly or bi-weekly changes in the period around Ride+Stride so the tasks are not onerous. Some knowledge of Google Analytics would also be helpful to help us understand where we can improve the site.
Grants casework assistants
Grant-making is the main purpose of the Trust. Each year we give away at least £150k, to about 30-40 churches. Most of the work involved is carried out by our Grants Secretary, Jonathan MacKechnie-Jarvis, and we would like to provide him with more support. So we are looking for one or more people who could help with:
Grant assessment – finding out more about projects that have been submitted for a grant to help with our assessment of them. This may include visits and other support to the Grants Secretary including input into future grants policy.
Grants follow up – keeping in touch with churches who have received grants, to see how their projects are progressing. From the follow up we would be looking to generate stories with good photos for our web site and Annual Review and other communications.
The Trust covers all of the historic county of Gloucestershire so it may be possible for volunteers to concentrate on specific areas that are convenient for them.
Some knowledge about church buildings would be an advantage, but more important is some understanding of how churches function.
To find out more
Please complete our Contact form with your contact details and we will get back to you!