Inspired North East

The Inspired North East website is now online.

Inspired North EastInspired North East is working with local congregations to help achieve a sustainable future for church buildings as living places of worship, used and enjoyed by local communities, welcoming to visitors, and unique heritage assets. As such, we offer and advice and support service to Places of Worship throughout the area covered by the Church of England Dioceses of Durham and Newcastle.

Advice on church buildings

Our work has involved advising on sources of funding to help with the cost of repairs to church buildings, planning of church building development projects, and making the most of our heritage and opportunities for welcoming visitors.

Spirit in Stone heritage project

For information about historic churches that are open to visitors, or to find out more about the Spirit in Stone heritage project, visit the project website here:

If your church is open regularly to visitors and you would like it to be added to the website please click here for details and download the form, then fill it in and email it to the address provided.  

Towards Buildings for Mission  

A summary of our current strategy for delivery, can be downloaded here.

A Welcome for All: Access to Inclusion 

A discussion paper on action to help people with disabilities to access our churches, can be downloaded here. This is a joint consultation project of the Newcastle Diocese Disability Task Group and Tourism Task Group.

Contact details

If you wish to contact us regarding any of the above aspects, please email or call us (leave a message if necessary, as each of us works part-time and may also be out of the office on site visits, etc!):

In the Newcastle Diocese area, contact: 

Ian Bapty, email, Tel (0191) 270 4123

Office: Church House, St John's Terrace, Percy Main, North Shields, NE29 6HS

Inspired North East is part-funded by English Heritage and the Church of England Dioceses of Newcastle and Durham.