Faith in maintenance

In 2005 the Methodist Property Office asked for co-operation with a survey being carried out by the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB), to see if there was demand for a training course for volunteers responsible for historic chapels. The overwhelming response was "YES"!

Following a successful bid to the Lottery, such a scheme has now been launched, entitled Faith in Maintenance. It is a unique project that will offer training and support to the thousands of volunteers from all faith groups who help to care for these historic buildings. It aims to give these volunteers training in recognising potential problems, understanding the use of traditional materials and construction and tackling common maintenance problems. At the same time the project will encourage more people to become actively involved in their local community's heritage and to appreciate the importance of historic places of worship.

The courses will offer a full day of training including practical sessions and professional speakers and access to a dedicated telephone advice service. Courses have already started in different locations in England and Wales.

The good news is that it is free!

The Methodist Property Office will be working with SPAB to agree locations for training days. The Methodist Property Office will also be in touch with District Property Secretaries to help with co-ordination and distribution of information to interested people. You can find out more by going to the dedicated website: and you can email them on

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