Support Officers

  • Full time
  • £32,000
  • Home working in either Wales, Scotland or North-West England
  • Closing 12th June 2023

  • Advertised from 23rd May 2023


Are you passionate about helping churches near you to remain open and thrive? If you can respond to enquiries and engage with stakeholders, you could make a massive difference to the churches, chapels and meeting houses in your nation or region by joining our team.

We're hiring 3 Support Officers to undertake delivery of our new National Lottery Heritage Funded Cherish project. Reporting to the new Support Project Manager, the post holders will work full-time on a three-year fixed-term contract overseeing the project in either Scotland, Wales, or North-West England. You will work within your country or region, but occasional travel to our London office will be expected.


We want to keep churches open and in use. Churches, chapels and meeting houses are impressive, exciting and surprising places. Whether seeking quiet reflection, access to critical community services, a warm welcome, a place to worship, or a space to explore, we believe they should be loved and supported.

In partnership with the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the Cherish project will support capacity building and improve the condition of places of worship across Scotland, Wales and North-West England (Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Cumbria). Alongside the core work of grant programmes for proactive repairs and maintenance, the project will offer support to churches and their stakeholders.

Cherish has been funded thanks to National Lottery players and benefits to churches will include:

  • Grants
  • Maintenance
  • Crisis support
  • Resourcing
  • Digital Toolkits
  • Training
  • Visitor engagement

The role

As a Support Officer, you'll manage the day-to-day work of the project in either Scotland, Wales or the North-West of England (Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Cumbria) and support churches to engage with it. Responsibilities will include overseeing a small grants programme, running training events and sector meetings, supporting churches with building and project enquiries and helping them on their development journey, raising the profile of maintenance, supporting church tourism and open church initiatives, writing content for the website, advocating the wider work of the Charity and identifying lessons learnt to share nationwide.

If you think that you are the ideal candidate for this role, we'd love to hear from you!

Application notes

To find out more about this role, please visit where you can download the information pack including job description and personal specification.

To apply, please send a covering letter (max 2 sides) detailing your interest in the role and how you meet the requirements, together with a copy of your CV to .

For any questions related to the role, please contact Catherine Townsend

Closing date: Monday 12 June (9am)

Interviews: Edinburgh on 23 June; Manchester on 27 June; Cardiff on 4 July.