We need your help..
The Lighthouse Project is our vision to develop St Michael's Church building so that it remains a place of Worship and heritage, but is also a flexible and modern space for the community, especially young people who already regularly use the Church and its grounds as a place to hang out.
The Church has been for some time in a state of disrepair and development, but over the last few years we've tried to use the building as much as we can. We currently have a tent in the Church where we worship and meet, which provides a little heating as the building itself doesn't have a heating system!
The plans that we have had drawn up, after consultation with the Church and the community will provide for an exciting and vibrant space that will bring to life this historic building for future generations to enjoy.
Here are TWO Great reasons why we need funding:
1) We're COLD!
The Building does not have any heating system so at the moment we rely on using inadequate electric heaters and blankets to keep us warm. We know that to make the building more usable and accessible to the community all year round we need to have an effective heating system. We also recognise that without permanent heating the fabric of the building will continue to deteriorate, putting the future of the building at risk. With radiators around the building and underfloor heating we can use the building all year round.
2) Children and Young People
We have a passion for working with the children and young people of Byker and we want this to be at the heart of our plans for the building.
Our vision for the building will see it be used as the base for our Children’s and Youth team (MINE youth) that runs clubs, drop ins and Schools work across Byker and Walker. The Church will host regular Youth Activities throughout the week, working in partnership with other organisations.
It will also be the home of our Trainee scheme that gives local young people the opportunity to spend a year with us and be trained and equipped as youth workers serving the community.
The Church is one of a number of organisations that provides spaces and activities all year-round which children and young people can access. Already the Church is known as being a welcoming place for children and young people. It’s used by the local Cubs and Scouts Group, the Byker DJ school and as a base for a detached Youth Project where teams go out into the Estate to support and get alongside local young people.
This is so important as a high proportion of children on the Byker Estate live in poverty and face an uncertain future. There is a real need for support and provision for children and young people, outside of school hours, and our plans to develop the building will enable us to resource this vital work for the whole community.
How can you help?
Please consider funding our project by following the link on this page
The costs of the next stages of our plans will be around £250,000 and our hope is that our funding campaign will go some way to help us towards this, supported by applications to other funding bodies and Trusts. Everything that you are able to give, big or small, will help us reach our target and enable us to develop our beautiful building so that it can resource and serve the community of Byker.
AND Please spread the word!
Please share the project with anyone you know who might be interested in supporting us.
St Michael's Church and the Lighthouse Project team.