Supporting Churches for 200 Years
The National Churches Trust
The National Churches Trust is the national, independent, charity dedicated to promoting and supporting church buildings of historic, architectural and community value across the UK. The Trust, founded in 2007, is the successor to the Historic Churches Preservation Trust (HCPT), created in 1953. Their Patron is HM the Queen. Receiving no income from government or church authorities, they rely on voluntary contributions from their supporters to undertake their work.
Their aims are:
To help maintain the UK’s heritage of church buildings and to enhance their ability to serve local communities
To promote the benefit to communities of church buildings and to inspire everyone to value and enjoy them.
Their key areas of work include:
Providing grants for the repair, restoration and modernisation of places of worship.
Supporting projects that enable places of worship to engage with their local communities and keep their buildings open.
Collaborating closely with other heritage organisations, local churches trusts and volunteer networks across the UK in their support for places of worship.
Encouraging good management and regular maintenance of places of worship by providing practical advice, support and information.
Providing new ways of promoting visits to places of worship and bringing a new generation of people into contact with church history and architecture.
Working to increase awareness among the public and decision makers of the value of places of worship.
As Head of Communications, Eddie Tulasiewicz’s mission is to make sure that people know about the vital work the National Churches Trust does to safeguard the UK’s church heritage and ensure that places of worship continue to serve the needs of local people.
Prior to joining the National Churches Trust, Eddie was Director of Communications for the Diocese of Westminster. His career started in theatre marketing and local government public relations and Eddie then worked for the BBC in public relations, television production and new media strategy from 1988 – 2002. He is currently a Board Member of ‘Sing London’ which devises and promotes participatory art and sport events.
When he’s not at work or visiting churches, he tries to keep bees on his west London allotment.