More than £230k awarded by Stratford Town Trust

PUBLISHED: 13:27 30 September 2014 | UPDATED: 13:36 30 September 2014

Stratford Town Trust

Stratford Town Trust

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From homeless outreach to church repairs, befriending projects to specialist end of life care; more than £230,000 has been awarded to local good causes by Stratford Town Trust in its second grants round of 2014.

Funding will go to Stratford Foodbank, Lifespace Trust, Together for Mental Wellbeing, the Citizens Advice Bureau and both the Shakespeare and Myton Hospices.

It will also support smaller organisations including In2Theatre and the Avon Valley Community First Responders, and many projects such as the redevelopment of Stratford Boat Club, the restoration of St James’s Church in Alveston and the anniversary of the Stratford Chamber Music Society, amongst them.

The largest grant went to the Parenting Project, awarded £48,500 to support the first year of a new project, The Stratford Town Family Support Project. This will see family support workers employed to help town families experiencing a range of challenges, using a variety of strategies to improve relationships. The team will also train project workers from the Citizens Advice Bureau so they can recognise families in need of support and make appropriate referrals.

The second largest grants went to Stratford Boat Club, awarded £30,000 for its re-development, and The Shakespeare Hospice, which also received £30,000 for its Hospice at Home service.

Claire Bowry, Grants Manager at Stratford Town Trust, said: “The Trust is very proud to support the wonderful work of the many charities and organisations in Stratford which are so vital for the community.”

Stratford Town Trust is a grant-giving charity dedicated to supporting local people and community projects. Its income is derived from the properties and funds of two charities, the Guild and College estates, whose origins go back to the sixteenth century.

Since 2001 the Trust has given out around £1 million each year to local good causes, community projects and initiatives that make Stratford a better place to live, work and study.

Grants are awarded three times a year – with almost £250,000 awarded in the first grants round of 2014 in April.

Grants for Round 2 have just been announced, totalling £233,950, and go to the following:

AVON VALLEY COMMUNITY FIRST RESPONDER SCHEME 2,500

Community Responder Equipment Purchase

CITIZENS ADVICE BUREAU 10,000

Reach Out and Help Case Worker

COVENTRY CYRENIANS 1,000

Stratford Upon Avon Homeless Outreach Service

FRIENDS OF SAINT JAMES ALVESTON 10,000

Church repairs

FRIENDSHIP PROJECT FOR CHILDREN 4,375

The Friendship Project

GUIDEPOSTS TRUST 15,000

Two’s Company

IN2THEATRE 2,000

In2Theatre Jungle Magic Project

INTEGRATED DISABILITY SERVICE 6,900

Time 4 Hope

LIFESPACE TRUST 14,000

Mentoring and education for young people

MAUREEN BECKETT 1,601

Concerts for the Elderly

STRATFORD UPON AVON CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY 2,000

Anniversary Programme

STRATFORD UPON AVON FOODBANK 20,000

Stratford upon Avon Foodbank

THE MYTON HOSPICES 10,000

Specialist End of Life Care

TOGETHER FOR MENTAL WELLBEING 12,000

Stratford Friends Befriending Project

WARWICKSHIRE REMINISCENCE ACTION PROJECT 5,000

Supporting those living with dementia

RETHINK MENTAL HEALTH 1,000

Holiday for residents

STRATFORD UPON AVON FLOWER CLUB 900

Social and educational flower arranging workshops

TURNING POINT 700

Garden furniture

THE 6TH STRATFORD UPON AVON (CLOPTON) SCOUT GROUP 300

Support for group members

SHAKESPEARE HOSPICE 30,000

Hospice at Home

STRATFORD UPON AVON BOAT CLUB 30,000

Phase 1 of Club Redevelopment Project 2014

THE PARENTING PROJECT 48,500

The Stratford Town Family Support Project

CONTACT THE ELDERLY 907

Holiday at Home Programme

PARKINSON’S UK 1,000

Time 4 Talking

SONGS OF PRAISE 835

Songs of Praise 2014

ST JOSEPH’S HOMESTEAD 900

Heating upgrade

STRATFORD LIFE GROUP 897

Refurbishment of Equipment store

STRATFORD MUSICAL THEATRE COMPANY 1,000

A Musical Production of Oliver!

STRATFORD SCHOOLS SHAKESPEARE LECTURE 275

Schools Lecture 2015

The closing date for the next round of grant applications is Friday, January 16.

Fast-track grants of £1,000 and under are also considered all year round.

The Town Trust has already awarded an additional £1 million this year through its CommYOUnity Challenge.

The money was divided between Stratford Samaritans, which received £420,000 to build a new Communities Hub; Escape Community Arts, awarded £340,000 to turn the old slaughter house in Sheep Street into a heritage arts centre; and a joint project between Stratford Athletics Club and Stratford School, awarded £240,000 for a new Community Centre.

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For more about Stratford Town Trust, visit: www.stratfordtowntrust.co.uk

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