May Street Church is inviting expressions of interest from charities and groups which may be interested in making regular use of its newly refurbished 1,400 sq ft hall in the church basement. Work on the £300,000 construction project was completed in the autumn.
The lead funder for the project was Belfast City Council, which provided £200,000 through its Local Investment Fund, with additional support coming from the Alpha Programme (managed by Groundwork NI) and Biffa Award plus the Listed Places of Worship scheme.
The refurbishment was specially designed to include significant community purposes and among other users at present are Street Pastors, who go out at weekends to protect the vulnerable, Fed and Warm Homeless, which meets the needs of rough sleepers, and Teen Challenge, whose aim is to relieve suffering relieve suffering caused by addictions and difficult social conditions.
May Street is keen to see the venue being used by a variety of new users and is organising open viewing every Thursday at 1.30pm-2pm, following its midweeek service. Anyone interested should contact the church by email at firstname.lastname@example.org