More than £230k awarded by Stratford Town Trust
PUBLISHED: 13:27 30 September 2014 | UPDATED: 13:36 30 September 2014
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
FRIENDSHIP PROJECT FOR CHILDREN 4,375
The Friendship Project
GUIDEPOSTS TRUST 15,000
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
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
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
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.
For more about Stratford Town Trust, visit: www.stratfordtowntrust.co.uk