The project is a partnership between the building owners, Merseyside Buildings Preservation Trust, and KIND. The building will be used by KIND for a new community hub and centre for learning and excellence based on environmental principles, from which KIND will deliver enhanced and expanded services for local children, their families, and the wider community,
The proposal will bring this iconic building into long-term use and contribute positively to the economic, social and cultural regeneration of Liverpool 8 and surrounding area, and to the wellbeing of the people living there. The project also presents an opportunity to undertake a programme of public engagement relating to the history and heritage of the building itself, and with Liverpool’s longstanding Welsh community.
KIND Chief Executive, Stephen Yip, said
‘We at KIND are delighted to have been awarded National Lottery Stage 1 funding for our proposal regarding the Welsh Cathedral. Our vision for the Church will create an amazing community hub. There is a long way to go and an awful lot of fundraising will be required. But I’m confident that with our track record and the support of the Liverpool community, we will together create a centre which will cater for many needs. Watch this space.’
Bill Maynard, Chair of the Merseyside Buildings Preservation Trust, said
‘Merseyside Building Preservation Trust is very pleased with the Stage 1 approval and we are very excited to be working alongside KIND to bring this important building back into use. There is a lot of work to be done but the proposal has great potential to create a fantastic new centre to help disadvantaged children in Liverpool.’