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Projects That Spark

Since 2004 Westhill has invested grants totalling more than £4.8 million mainly in the UK but with some international impact as well.

Click here to view all of our projects or follow the categories tabs to the left of this page. These pages showcase the sort of projects in which Westhill has been privileged to invest. Our focus is primarily in religious education projects and faith-motivated activities that enable individuals to transform their lives and the life of their communities through dialogue and understanding.
 

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As part of our funding Westhill invites projects that it supports to use this section of our website to communicate and promote their work. As well as promotion this can be an ideal way to inspire people, to make links with other organisations, and to show what your project has achieved when you apply for future grant funding. All you need to do is send your information to us, when requested, and then direct people to your website which will have its own domain name, for example: www.westhillendowment.org/Yourprojectname.
Keynsham Girls’ Brigade Christmas around the World
Keynsham Girls’ Brigade wanted to learn about Christmas around the World so they set about a research project which included listening to stories from families about their traditions and lear...
Southwell Minster
Let’s Go Time Travelling Southwell Minster’s Time Travelling programme supports Religious Education teaching in Nottinghamshire. More than 1,500 primary school children visit the Minst...
St Francis Church Bournville
Community Centenary Window Francis of Assisi C of E Church in Bournville is approaching its 100th year anniversary in 2025 and one of the many ways in which hope to be celebrating this notable mil...
Ukrainian School and Wellbeing Project
Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Community and Christ Church Bexleyheath Since July 2022, the Project Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Community (UOAC) in collaboration with Anglican Christ Church...
You can Flourish
Supporting Girls to Flourish Flourish provides 1:1 and small group mentoring for girls (from all faiths and backgrounds) aged 10-18 in Warwickshire, who struggle with their self-esteem, mental hea...
RISE Theatre 2024
The reading Passion Play Rise Theatre’s brand new, original, open air Passion Play took place in Forbury Gardens in Reading town centre in March 2024, as part of an ecumenical Easter Festiva...
Beloved
Beloved supports women working in any area of the indoor sex industry in Bristol and the surrounding areas, promoting the dignity and self worth of every woman that we meet. We walk alongside the w...
The Faith Encounter Programme
The Faith Guiding Course The Faith Guiding Course is for those wishing to be trained to lead high-quality educational visits to places of worship. The Faith Encounter Programme has extensive kno...
Bridges for Communities Peace Feast
Bridges for Communities monthly Peace Feast events in Bristol bring people together from different cultures and faiths who might not normally meet.  Guests share a meal, enjoy live music and h...
Nine Elms Arts Ministry’s Creative Soul
Creative Soul Nine Elms Arts Ministry have been delivering creative projects in the Nine Elms development area of London since 2018. They launched Creative Soul, a free Creative Health and Wellbei...
Metanoeo The Life Garage
Whilst awareness of poor mental health and wellbeing has grown, national statistics demonstrate men still report lower levels of life satisfaction than women and are less likely to access support....
The Azadi Trust
Hope Garden is a weekly therapeutic garden group in Sparkbrook ,Birmingham  open to men and women, many of whom are refugees. ,We often represent up to 15 different ethnicities in one session...
The Feast 2024
Living Well with Difference Living Well With Difference is a project in Luton, run by The Feast Youth Project in partnership with Youth Network. We are running dialogue workshops with school-age s...
Onside Soccer
Project Playmaker Belfast Project Playmaker is a new initiative from Onside Soccer which uses the power of football to improve the lives of children and young people.  Working in Belfast, we...
Hereford Interfaith Group
Hidden Treasure: Interfaith Music and Poetry Festival Hidden Treasure was a project to bring people together of different faiths across rural Herefordshire to share the richness of poetry and musi...
The Pitch Film Fund 2024
The Pitch funds two short films each year, which use the Bible as a primary source of inspiration. The project supports and develops filmmakers from diverse backgrounds to hone their pitching and s...
Wintershall Education
Creative Arts Workshops Wintershall Education uses the creative arts to bring the Christian story to life for children and young people, making connections between the Gospel stories and our world...
The Noise Art Festival 2024
Community and Schools Graffiti Project The project will see a partnership between the church, three local primary schools and three different artists to create a new public art exhibition as part...
Bath and North East Somerset Faith Foundation 2024
Soulful Sunday Mental Health Project 1 in 4 people in Bath will experience a mental health problem of some kind each year. 1 in 6 experience a common mental health problem (like anxiety and depres...
Encounter Christianity SEND Sessions
Encounter Christianity is a Bristol based charity, staffed by Christian teachers. It aims to enrich the religious education of local pupils as they explore different elements of the Christian faith...
Open to All
The Open to All Exhibition is a tour of paintings in UK Cathedrals and large city centre churches to spread the message of God’s inclusivity. A partnership between fine artist Elizabeth Gray-...
Ignition Gloucestershire Festival of Wonder
The Stroud Festival of Wonder held in November was designed to inspire wonder in an age of exhaustion. It offered a weekend of free activities centred around 5 spectacular circus performances, Magn...
Off the Fence 2024
Prayer Spaces in Schools Off The Fence's Schools and Youth programme offers wrap-around support to over 500 young people across Brighton & Hove in 6 local schools. They offer 1-to-1 mentor...
Art Beyond Belief
In 2023, Art Beyond Belief partnered with Oxford Diocesan Council for Interfaith Relations in an event focusing on shared faith approaches to climate change and responsibility for the planet. In ad...
Discovering Prayer App
Many people want to pray but don’t know how or where to begin. The wonderful thing is that Christian nuns and monks have spent decades seeking God and learning how to overcome obstacles to pr...
Cross Project Pastoral Support Work
CROSS are a schools-work charity, working in secondary schools across the Wakefield District. Our Pastoral Project helps young people develop socially and emotionally and grow in self-esteem. CR...
Kings Arms Project
Community Threads Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Libya, and Syria. These are just four of the dozen or so nationalities represented at King’s Arms Project’s English Club. The ladies from E...
Jericho: Equiano Art
JERICHO is a Birmingham-based charity giving people who need it most, the break they need to feel and be more employable. Our seven social enterprises across Birmingham provide work opportunities a...
Toc H: Blackpool's South Shore
Toc H will deliver a programme of inclusive and reflective wellbeing support sessions to homeless and vulnerably housed adults in Blackpool South Shore. This work will be offered in partnership wit...
The Mint House
Building bridges through restorative practice The Mint House was formed from a collaboration involving academics, practitioners, faith groups and others. Our ‘Building bridges’ proje...
Here We Are
Life Youth Hub Wirral offer a drop-in cafe three days a week, where young people from 4 local secondary schools can come to a safe space to play games, have a snack and chat to Youth Workers. Over...
Enabling Encounter
Stories of Hope and Home is a small Birmingham-based charity with dual complementary aims: to create safe space for people seeking sanctuary to find support, build community and creatively explore...
Ace Dance and Music
Doorstep Carnival ACE Dance and Music are deeply grateful to Westhill Endowment for their support of the Doorstep Carnival, which we delivered with Black Voices at Grosvenor Road Studios on 26 A...
Ignite 'Detached'
Ignite ‘Detached’ is based in Attleborough, Norfolk.  It is one of seven projects run by The Ignite Youth Project.  ‘Detached’ is Friday Night Street Work - on the...
Caritas Diocese of Salford
Caritas Aspire Education Aspire Education is a project of Caritas Diocese of Salford, a social action charity based in the North West of England. Aspire Education works with refugees and asylum...
Spirit of Peace
Interfaith Harmony, Encounter and Action Our project aims at building strong, integrative relationships between minority and majority communities. It runs in several areas of the UK. Celebrat...
Trinity Church Central London
Asylum seekers welcome and love project Trinity Church Central London has grown from 1 to 88 Asylum seekers (+123 online with a significant presence in a Middle Eastern Country) in the last 18 m...
The Ladywood Interfaith Education Project
The Ladywood Interfaith Education Project (LIEP) is based in inner-city Birmingham. Initiated by St John & St Peter’s Parish Church, it is a partnership between four local places of faith...
Chips
That’s how it really is With over five decades of global experience in conflict zones, CHIPS is dedicated to fostering peace and reconciliation. We empower communities to instigate endurin...
Peace at the Heart of Scottish Schools
Peace at the Heart of Scottish Schools: Travelling Peace Education Exhibition We are creating an exhibition, ‘Peace at the Heart of Scottish Schools’ to demonstrate the value of peac...
The Door
Boy’s Mentoring and Advocacy The Door’s mission is to bring hope into the lives of young people and their families by unlocking potential and opening opportunities so that their past...
Restored Beacon Network
Restored is a Christian charity with a mission to speak up about the realities of violence against women and girls, and to equip the Church to stand against domestic abuse and support survivors. We...
Council of Christians and Jews
Campus Leadership Programme The Campus Leadership Programme run by the Council of Christians and Jews equips university students from different faith backgrounds to run interfaith events on thei...
Lichfield Cathedral The History Plays
Lichfield Cathedral is undertaking a year-long project to restore its central spire and increase engagement with its heritage. To do this, we are creating a community theatre project bringing to li...
The Hospice of St Francis
Spiritual care in the community at end of life At end of life, spiritual support helps people to explore and connect with what matters most to them and work through difficult existential questio...
ACCEPT Wellbeing Garden and Bereavement Support
ACCEPT is a small charity whose vision is improved mental health for those experiencing difficulties and good mental health for the wider population, whose activities mostly take place at a communi...
Sixty-One
Empowering the church to safely help offenders live crime free lives Sixty-One helps prisoners and ex-prisoners lead meaningful crime-free lives within Greater Bristol. We do this by inspiring,...
Student Christian Movement
Graduate Project at Greenbelt 2023 The Student Christian Movement is a community of students, past and present, deeply committed to an inclusive, progressive and radical approach to the Christia...
Coventry Diocesan Board of Education
Coventry & Warwickshire Worldviews: Images That Speak Our project aims to create a professional photograph pack which will reflect the diverse nature of our local communities as a rich resou...
Smethwick Places of Worship Heritage Trail
Faiths, Neighbours, Changemakers The Smethwick Places of Worship Heritage Trail will be a chance for people to visit Smethwick, explore the diverse faith communities and learn about the history...
Cruse Bereavement Support in Prisons
Providing Specialist Support in Prisons Cruse has a long history of supporting grieving prisoners. Over the past three years our ‘Grief Inside’ project, funded by The Ministry of Jus...
St Philips Centre Good Community Relations
Learning about good community relations in South Asian Heritage Faith Communities. There have been tensions in Leicester between members of different communities during the past eighteen months....
Imago Dei Prison Ministry
Imago Dei is a Christian charity founded in 2016, working in the Criminal Justice Sector to provide courses for women in prison and continuing ongoing support once they leave prison.  Worki...
Avon Indian Community Association
The Avon Indian Community Association (AICA) is an umbrella organisation for Indian communities living in the Bristol area. Our vision is to provide a platform for promoting social cohesiveness wit...
St Peter Saltley Trust and Peter Vale
Faith in Birmingham: Street Photography Peter Vale is a street photographer passionate about capturing the colour and diversity of the city of Birmingham’s religious landscape.  Using...
The Natashas Project What Will Farah Do?
The Natashas Project “What will Farah do?” Primary school educational theatre piece. Thanks to Westhill Endowment’s generous grant, we have begun the early stages of creating a...
BLGC
Diverse Voices Bolton Lads and Girls Club (BLGC) is an innovative and progressive young people’s charity based in Bolton, Greater Manchester. Established in 1889, our mission is to enable...
FACES Faith Sensitive RSE
Faces (Faiths Against Child Sexual Exploitation) are a Christian-Muslim charity with a mission to build resilience within faith communities against child sexual exploitation and other forms of harm...
Leeds SACRE
Encountering and Understanding Different Faiths Leeds SACRE are making a film of an Orthodox Synagogue so that schools which are unable to visit will be able to access a professionally made film...
ACET UK
Transforming culture through relationships education in Primary Schools Thanks to Westhill Endowment’s generous grant, we will be developing a new relationships curriculum in primary schoo...
Shieldfield Art Works
Shieldfield Art Works is an arts organisation based in Shieldfield, Newcastle upon Tyne. SAW believes art and creativity are integral parts of human life, and with art’s unique ability to art...
Fairview Education
11+ Free Tuition Bursaries Grammar Schools were always designed to improve social mobility….. So what has happened…? Fairview Education provides Free Tuition Bursaries to disadv...
Luton Sacre
Creative Green RE in Luton This project gives Luton pupils the chance to be artistic in RE about climate change and justice issues, informed by a multi-faith panel of speakers. Beginning with a...
Christian Education Project
Prayer Spaces   The Christian Education Project is based in the London Borough of Redbridge, with the aim of: “Serving schools; Inspiring Minds & Exploring Faith”.  They...
Grassroots
Tales of Wonder, Wisdom and Humour Religious Education in many schools is not seen as a priority and some non-muslim parents feel concerned when it has anything to do with Islam. Using multi-fai...
Praxis
Equipping for Change The Praxis Centre exists to help Christians bring hope and justice in their local communities and our society.  Our Hopeful Activists Podcast aims to inspire you with b...
Swansea SACRE
Religion, Values and Ethics Working with a wide range of stakeholders, this project seeks to develop teaching and learning resources to support and embed Religion, Values and Ethics (RVE) firmly...
Coventry University Centre for Trust Peace and Social Relations
Interfaith learning Christian and Muslim colleges in the UK produce many of our future religious leaders. They are also vital sites of influence for students’ engagement with, and attitude...
Ringlestone Community Centre Development Group
St Faith’s Centre Wall Hanging We, the Ringlestone Community Centre Development Group, are very excited to be in the finishing phase now of our church and community centre called St Faith&...
Challenging Religious and Worldview Stereotypes
RE Matters is a Newham business that seeks to support, inspire, and transform learning in schools. Student RE Matters is a group of young people interested in moral and religious issues from differ...
Sparkfish 2023
SparkFish is a local collaborative Christian organisation that aims to inspire and encourage young people in faith, hope and love. We engage with young people in schools across Reigate, Redhill and...
The Cinnamon Network
Church Engagement The Cinnamon Network makes it as easy as possible for local churches to set up sustainable social action projects, find funding and get the right support and training to make a...
Bridges for Communities
Peace Feasts in Bristol Bridges for Communities is a small, innovative charity that seeks to help make Bristol a more welcoming, inclusive and fair city.  Our projects connect people of diffe...
Leicester SACRE
Leicester Schools Peace Project The Leicester Schools Peace Project is supporting the flourishing of our superdiverse city by creating a scheme of work for Peace Education from Key Stage 1 to Ke...
Holy Rood House
The Hildegard Project The Hildegard Project, builds on the work of the community, facing a rapidly changing world. We find ourselves in our 30th Anniversary Year and continue our dedication to t...
The Parish Trust
The CARE Project The Parish Trust is a registered charity based in Trethomas, Caerphilly. The charity was established in 2019 and is founded on Christian principles. There are many projects that...
Transforming Lives for Good 2023
Westhill Endowment’s grant will allow Transforming Lives for Good (TLG) to open 47 new Early Intervention centres across the UK from 2023-2024 in partnership with local churches. This will tr...
Encounter Christianity
Christian RE in schools Working with 60 schools across Bristol and the South West, we visit classrooms to deliver high-quality, interactive and engaging RE workshops. As qualified teachers we de...
The Emmaus Transformation Trust
The Lighthouse Creative Projects The Lighthouse is a vibrant community hub that hosts a range of creative projects to support and empower those who find themselves on the margins.
Relational Hub Collective
Relational Hub Collective Relational Hub supports youth workers and their organisations to create sustainable youth work projects that provide a home away from home for the young people who need...
Boro Cereal
Boro Cereal is an exciting initiative, designed to equip and empower Primary School aged children to engage with and improve their local culture, making a big difference in Middlesbrough.  Wor...
Hand to Mouth in Primary Schools
Hand to Mouth work in schools predominantly in West Yorkshire and Lancashire.  Much of our work is part of an HTM RE day, where collective worship may begin the day, with our popular puppet ta...
The Compassionate Friends
Supporting Parents Bereaved by Suicide Peer support to parents bereaved by suicide offering the compassion, empathy, understanding, friendship, and hope that only other bereaved parents can give...
Bristol SACRE
Bristol SACRE aims to bring together people from various worldviews and communities with its Bristol Minds project. This will introduce KS3 students from ten secondary schools to ‘Bristol Min...
St Luke's Asylum Seeker and Refugee Group
We work with asylum seeker and refugee families in Holbeck and Beeston which is an inner-city area in South Leeds.  We teach English to adults which is embedded in “getting to know and m...
Bath and North East Somerset Faith Foundation
The Social Integration Project aims to bring a diverse community together. The town of Midsomer Norton in Somerset has changed over the years. Previously a buzzing market town, more opportunitie...
Cheltenham Christian Arts Festival
Gospel 2023 With seven years of experience, our next Festival: GOSPEL April 2023 aims to celebrate ‘Christianity and Creativity’ in a mixed arts festival. An invitation for everyone...
Muslim Women's Council Calligraphy
Finding Common Ground Through Calligraphy Muslim Women’s Council is a registered charity based in Bradford, West Yorkshire. Our vision is ‘for every woman, life with all its opportun...
School Library in Kenya
Kids Alive International is a Christian charity serving some of the world’s most vulnerable children through a number of projects. This includes Hall Mead School, a Christian primary school f...
REQM Sparklers
REQM Sparklers The RE Council’s RE Quality Mark is pleased to announce this new project 'REQM Sparklers'.  Working with Westhill Endowment, we are compiling case studies of sc...
Love Weoley Castle
Love Weoley Castle (in South Birmingham) seeks to undertake community driven projects.  It gathers people together who live and/or work on the estate to share and create good news stories.&nbs...
Southwark Cathedral Art Installation
The Small House: Art Installation Each year a monumental artwork of museum quality is installed as part of Southwark Cathedral’s annual art installation series. The artwork is intended to...
Religious Education Council
The REC is working with Birmingham-based RE Today on a project to support the RE Syllabus writers, and curriculum developers, in their work on interpreting a Religion and Worldviews approach. ...
Grace Enterprises Jubilee Events
Jubilee Events is a social enterprise on a mission to bring positive change to the events industry. For us, jubilee is all about the joyful celebration of life, and the radical opportunity for a ne...
The Recovery foundation
Hope in Recovery The Recovery Foundation exists to pass on the hope that we have by encouraging growth and recovery and positively impacting our community. We are a charity based in Birmingham w...
Thundersley Little Libraries and Pantries
As part of the church's ongoing support of our local community we established a network of little libraries around 7 years ago which has expanded most years and now totals 9 libraries in a mixt...
Seedbeds
Change Makers: Next Steps Seedbeds runs Change Makers to bring together small groups of adults nominated from their local communities because they are seen to have the potential to become commun...
Stories of Hope and Home
Enabling Encounter Project Stories of Hope and Home’s Enabling Encounter Project has two interdependent aspects. First, to create safe, welcoming and mutually supportive space for people w...
Keynsham Girls Brigade
Festivals - Come and Celebrate. Keynsham Girls’ Brigade is planning a series of displays at Victoria Methodist Church and Key Centre - Easter, Pentecost, Christmas, Fair Trade, Harvest and...
Community Spirit
B: Music Community Spirit is Symphony Hall’s annual mass singing programme that has brought together Birmingham’s diverse communities since 2009 to celebrate the City; enhance social...
Nicodemus Community Connect
Our Community Connect Programme aims to equip and empower churches and charities with the practical tools needed to connect with their communities: bridging gaps in service provision and overcoming...
Worcester Cathedral Sound and Light Show
What is Life?’ Science Spectacular Sound and Light Show A Son-et-Lumiere experience transforming the internal space of Worcester Cathedral. Visitors to the event are immersed in the sou...
RJ Working
The Ripple Effect RJ Working is a Cornish charity that uses Restorative Practice to support young people to build their social and community connections, reduce loneliness and conflict and to ta...
Hope - Siloh Chapel Digital Resources
Through replacing out-dated technology with new digital and wi-fi resources, we aim to enrich the experiences of children within our Sunday School, and the young people in our Youth Club. As a cong...
Entraide
Support of Afghan Refugees Entraide was set up to support asylum seekers, refugees and other vulnerable migrants in Solihull and the surrounding area to facilitate their integration into society...
XLP Mentoring Disadvantaged Young People in London
XLP’s nationally recognised mentoring programme matches an at-risk young person with a trained mentor who encourages them to make positive life choices. Meeting every week for 30 weeks of the...
Total Insight Theatre
 The Centre ‘The Centre’ provides safe, inclusive and welcoming provision for young people in Nottingham. It is an opportunity for young people to take part in weekly activities...
The Mustard Tree
Connecting Communities Combatting poverty and preventing homelessness has been our leading mission for more than 25 years. Embedded in communities of deprivation, we exist because chronic povert...
Faith and Belief Forum
The Faith & Belief Forum exists to create a connected and supportive society where people of different faiths, beliefs and cultures have strong, productive and lasting relations. We work toward...
Bell Tower Youth Drop-in
The Bell Tower Youth Drop-in provide daily after school youth provision for all secondary school students. Our project launched in 2014 after previous government funded youth centres had to close d...
Spitalfields Crypt Trust
Gardening for Recovery For over 55 years SCT has been supporting people in East London affected by homelessness and addiction.  Our projects provide stepping-stones towards recovery and a p...
Beauty for Ashes Refuges
Recourse to Refuge Beauty for Ashes Refuges was set up in response to the plight of women and children fleeing domestic abuse who were being turned away from refuges due to their immigration sta...
Off The Fence
Antifreeze Homeless Centre Off the Fence Trust works to redress the social and economic imbalances in Brighton & Hove. To achieve this we tackle both the root causes and the effects of emoti...
The Message Trust
Local community Millions of families are facing not knowing where the next meal is coming from, so The Message Community Grocery is here to help. Inside a Grocery you’ll find a range of fo...
Wolverhampton SACRE
‘Multi-faith Approaches to Diversity and Racial Equality’ is a student led project which aims to develop pupil and teacher understanding of the approaches to diversity and racial equali...
Mercy UK
Fitness and Wellbeing Programme Improvements Mercy UK is a charity rooted in supporting young women with life-controlling issues. Our free of charge residential home, which opened in 2006, offer...
The Pitch Film Fund
The Pitch and Reel Issues Films (RIF) are committed to developing a generation of filmmakers, through supporting and presenting the creative potential of the Bible as an often-overlooked source of...
Quaker Arts Network
The Loving Earth project: caring for the world we love. The Loving Earth Project helps people engage with questions about the environment creatively, and without being overwhelmed, through an in...
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