10am – 4pm, Saturday 6th October 2012, Howden Minster
Do you worry about damp in your church building?
The Faith in Maintenance course aims to help volunteers who look after historic places of worship. We provide training to help you understand how your building works and how to solve problems caused by leaky gutters and blocked drains.
A Faith in Maintenance one-day course will help you:
• Recognise potential problems
• Tackle common maintenance tasks
• Understand inspections and reports
• Know when to call in expert help
As well as talks, the day includes a practical exercise looking at elements of a church building and learning to identify defects. There are also opportunities for discussion with professionals and other delegates.
Everyone who attends receives a free copy of the Good Maintenance Guide and after the course help is available via the SPAB’s telephone technical advice service. You can also sign up for our free monthly e-bulletin service for regular tips to help you care for your place of worship.
This course is hosted by East Yorkshire Historic Churches Trust and supported by LEADER Coast, Wolds, Wetlands and Waterways
Find out more about what you will learn and why you should attend a FiM course in the FAQ section below.
Frequently Asked Questions...
Q. Is maintenance really important?
A. Yes! Carrying out regular maintenance on your place of worship is the best and most cost effective way of looking after the fabric. Maintaining our old buildings properly reduces the need for expensive repairs and prevents the loss of original fabric.
Q. Why should I attend a Faith in Maintenance course?
A. Our one-day course will help you to recognise potential problems; tackle common maintenance tasks; understand professional inspections and reports; and know when to call in expert help. In addition, everyone who attends a training course will receive a free copy of our Good Maintenance Guide.
Q. Does it matter if I look after a listed place of worship or not?
A. No. Our courses are designed to be relevant to all volunteers who care for all historic places of worship - listed or unlisted. Our advice applies as much to a brick-built Victorian synagogue as it does to a medieval parish church or an eighteenth century Nonconformist chapel.
Q. Is the course suitable for people who don't have any technical knowledge or previous maintenance experience?
A. Absolutely! No existing technical knowledge is required as we will teach you everything you need to know. Anyone can learn how to look after a historic building as the skills are quite straightforward.
Q. I already know a bit about maintaining historic buildings, so is this course suitable for me?
A. Yes! We will look at a whole range of issues related to the care and maintenance of historic buildings so you will be able to add to your existing skills. There will also be opportunities to put questions to our expert panel and share local knowledge with other volunteers.
Q. Will I learn how to specify repairs or carry out repairs myself?
A. No. We believe that volunteers should focus on learning how to spot potential problems and knowing where to obtain professional help and support if required. In most cases specification writing is best left to your professional adviser whilst repairs, such as repointing, may require a skilled craftsperson.
Find out what previous participants thought about the course at www.spabfim.org.uk/pages/comments.html