The Parish Trust is able to announce that, after extensive negotiations, the Church in Wales has granted a 12 month lease to allow the charity to continue to operate from St Thomas’s Church in Trethomas, Caerphilly, until December 2024. This lease agreement comes after three years of lengthy discussions aimed at securing a more permanent solution for The Parish Trust’s operations.

Despite hopes for a freehold purchase of the building, the Trust has been granted a short-term lease, which gives some breathing space to allow for continuity in its operations, as the charity actively seeks a permanent home elsewhere. 

The Parish Trust acknowledges the cooperation of all parties involved in the negotiation process. While the outcome was not as the charity had hoped, it remains committed to securing the purchase of a suitable property in the area.

With the lease in place, The Parish Trust can now focus its efforts on running its operations which consist of 14 regular projects ranging from poverty alleviation to youth and children’s work. 

Moving forward, The Parish Trust will also work hard on fundraising and capital grant applications in order to raise the necessary funds to purchase a freehold building. Purchase of a suitable freehold property will provide stability and security for all of the charity’s beneficiaries, staff, volunteers, enabling operations to continue to support the community for years to come.

The Chief Executive Officer of The Parish Trust, Rev. Dean Aaron Roberts, said,

On behalf of everyone here at The Parish Trust, we wish to thank all those who have expressed their concern for us over the last months after hearing about the fragile situation we are in. We are absolutely determined to continue supporting the people of Caerphilly County Borough in the years to come, and will now look for a building that offers us a secure base, opportunities to grow, and the ability to continue to serve the people who we have grown to love and value since our founding in 2019. We are sure that the best is yet to come for The Parish Trust, and we look forward in anticipation as to where we will be led in this new chapter for the charity.


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