Plymouth Centre for Faiths & Cultural Diversity

The History of PCFCD

The Centre, situated within the school in Salisbury Road in the St Judes area of the city, comprises an office, resources/meeting room with kitchen.
Initially, an interfaith group which brought people together from the major world faiths and continuing support for the venture has come from our two local bishops, members of the different faith communities, and other interested organisations.

Plymouth City Council generously provided initial start-up funds to renovate the building and get the project up and running. The Centre was established as a charity and officially opened on 20th September 2001 by Councillor Maureen Lawley

Celebrating its 10th Anniversary in 2011, the Centre has developed hugely in the intervening years and is now widely regarded across the city as a major resource; providing contacts, expertise and experience within the fields of religious diversity, interfaith dialogue and support and engagement with faith communities.

In recognition of this ground-breaking work, the founder of the centre was awarded the Premier South West Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Innovation in October 2004.

The Centre was established as the result of this vision and as a response to the growing need across the city for greater awareness and understanding of a multi-faith and multicultural society and engages and supports many of the smaller faith groups in Plymouth. The premises are regularly used by Bahai’ and Buddhist groups.

A group of Trustees drawn from six different faith communities oversees the Centre. There are three staff members working on the premises. Our faith and cultural speakers are working in many schools across Plymouth and around every day. And number of essential volunteers help with the practical business of operating the Centre and delivering services.