Support the campaign through its Go Fund Me page found here.
Readers may be aware of a local campaign to secure the future of the St James the Less School building - which is due to be sold as part of a cost-saving exercise by the Diocese of London - and develop it into an education centre for benefit of the community of Pimlico.
The currently disused, grade I listed school sits in a state of disrepair on land registered to the church and would be an invaluable asset to the Parochial Church Council as it strives to deliver vital children and youth work on the council estates of Pimlico. As such, the PCC is now looking to raise the necessary funds that will secure the school’s future and expand the parish’s reach and offer to the community.
The PCC's proposals for the site are ambitious, noble and, above all, necessary. With the news was so awash with tragic stories of increasingly younger lives needlessly lost to gang violence. Now, more than ever, our communities need proper facilities and dedicated people to connect with our children and offer them an alternative, positive path in life.
The chance to secure a property of this type my never occur again, and the potential benefits it will bring to the community cannot be overstated. The suite of services the Revd Lis Goddard hopes to operate from the school really have the potential to changes people’s lives for the better. To allow this opportunity to go unfulfilled would be a great shame for everyone concerned, and one highly unlikely to present itself again.
You can find the campaign's Go Fund Me page here, and I would encourage everyone to give what they can to to secure the future of the school building and give the dedicated people of the St James the Less PCC the chance to be an even bigger positive force in the Pimlico community.