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A conference that gives back

As the Leicester economy rebuilds after full lockdown and then consequently local lockdown, there are things that all of us in the locality can and are doing to boost it and help it restore organically.

Events and conferencing venue in the heart of the Leicester’s city centre, St Martins House, suffered the effects of lockdown greatly.

Like all in the hospitality sector, the lockdown had a very quick and almost devastating immediate effect on the organisation as a whole. As a not-for-profit organisation, the funds created by St Martins House as a business are ploughed straight back into the Diocese of Leicester. Much of the work that they do within the Leicester community has suffered too.

Leicester’s Diocese is a family of more than 18,000 Christians who worship in church buildings, houses, community spaces and schools. With over 320 churches, 234 parishes, almost 100 schools and academy trusts, and a rapidly growing number of fresh expressions of Church, taking in villages, market towns and the city of Leicester, they describe themselves as a rural diocese with urban heartlands.

The Diocese does extensive charitable work within the local community including a great deal of effort to combat the growing homelessness in the city working with One Roof Leicester and Leicester Homelessness Charter. This work was of course vital during the pandemic and moving forward, will be more so.

Nigel Jobson, Business Manager at St Martins House Conference Centre & Lodge, said: “Community has always been a huge part of the work at the Diocese. Our communities need to come together to support each other in the aftermath of COVID, whether through financial challenges or relationship and mental health effects, the work will become more prevalent and essential than ever before.”


Read the full article in Niche Magazine.


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