Grant will enable Motherwell church to improve community access

The Rev Richard Kilgour of Holy Trinity Church with the Salvation Army's Janie Paterson and Motherwell Band Master William Friend
The Rev Richard Kilgour of Holy Trinity Church with the Salvation Army's Janie Paterson and Motherwell Band Master William Friend

Refurbishment work to improve access at Holy Trinity Church in Motherwell as part of The Community Access Project can now start.

The church has been trying to raise £50,000 to make the practical adjustments for the hall and buildings at Holy Trinity to be fully accessible.

Now thanks to a £36,000 grant from Viridor Credits Environmental Company the church has reached its target.

This will allow for the installation of ramps, internal platform lifts and fully accessible disabled toilet facilities.

All the design, planning and consents are in place for this work to be sympathetically added to the listed building.

The Rev Richard Kilgour said: “We are delighted with the grant of £36,000 from Viridor Credits. The funding will be transformational for us in making our facilities fully accessible and inclusive to the local community.

“The £50,000 project will provide much needed community facilities with increased opportunities for social interaction, overcoming isolation and increasing physical activity.”

The project work has also included wider research of the needs of the local area, with a survey sent to more than 200 household.

Sixty-six per cent of respondents agreed a hall or community facility is needed in the area.

Once the work is complete community groups can look forward to working with Holy Trinity to get the best out of the facilities.

Motherwell West Councillor Meghan Gallacher said: “It is excellent that the church is looking to expand and use the hall for community events.”

The Salvation Army Band for Motherwell is holding a celebration ‘Thanksgiving’ concert in the church on Saturday at 7.30pm. All are welcome to attend.