At the heart of our community

Foundation House provides a welcoming space for all

Stratford Town Trust is committed to supporting the community, which is why Foundation House was originally created – to provide a space to benefit people from all walks of life across Stratford-upon-Avon. In April 2020 we were very sad to have to close Foundation House as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Here is a look back at our year in 2019, when our doors were very much open.

Family enjoying the Fun Palace

2019 saw the first year anniversary of Foundation House and in that time it has grown from strength to strength as a hub for the community to come together, share skills, experiences and activities. The building is currently home to the following groups who each hold a licence for a variety of spaces across a range of activities, including:

• Army cadets • Ambulance Association • Change Grow Live • Escape Arts • Heart of England Woodturners • Men’s Shed Stratford-upon-Avon • Safeline • Second Thoughts • Shakespeare Lions • SuA & District Radio Society • Warwickshire Reminiscence Action Project (WRAP) • Welcombe Radio

Foundation House has also had over 90 groups, charities and organisations take advantage of a variety of meeting rooms and flexible spaces in the last year. In this time, there have been over 1,000 individual bookings from these 90 groups.

There have been a number of events throughout the year including Stratford Town Trust’s first ever Fun Palace, part of an annual international weekend of activities that aims to bring the community together through arts, science, crafts and technology.

Community Café

Throughout 2019, Foundation House has held a monthly Community Café hosted by one of the groups who use the building. This is a chance for people to come together over a cup of tea and some cake and find out more about what’s going on in their community. Foundation House also welcomed groups who wanted a friendly, welcoming space to use for regular meet ups.

Councillor Kate Rolfe, Mayor of Stratford-upon- Avon joins in longest paper chain attempt

Eco-friendly alternatives to disposable nappies were available at our first eco-market

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