Faith in Maintenance

Faith in Maintenance ~ Helping volunteers look after their historic places of worship better.

Places of worship are among our most important buildings, representing centuries of faith, craftsmanship and design as well as playing a vital role in the life of their local communities.   

Faith in Maintenance was a 5-year project aimed at helping volunteers who care for historic places of worship by providing free training days to enable them to understand how their building works and how to solve problems caused by leaky gutters and blocked drains.

Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and English Heritage and run by the SPAB, Faith in Maintenance delivered 150 courses between 2007 and 2012 throughout England and Wales for Anglican, Methodist, URC, Roman Catholic and Jewish groups. 

We trained more than 5,000 volunteers at venues as diverse as Wesley’s Chapel, London; the Friends’ Meeting House, Lancaster; New West End Synagogue; and Leominster Priory.  Participants in the Faith in Maintenance project represent the incredible variety of faith buildings ranging from Norman gems through to elaborate Victorian chapels and even churches of the mid-20th century.

Everyone who attended a Faith in Maintenance day received a copy of our ‘Good Maintenance Guide’ and a maintenance calendar and we also produced a monthly email bulletin.

The successor to the Faith in Maintenance project is our new Maintenance Co-operatives project. You can read more about the Maintenance Co-operative project on the new project website

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Thanks to some part funding from Historic England, we are still able to offer the award-winning Faith in Maintenance training programme to organisations on a bespoke basis. Please contact to find out more, or see our Education page.
FIM course at Wesley's Chapel, London

FIM course delegates relaxing with "Good Maintenance Guide" in their hand