Who we are
Stratford Town Trust was established, as it operates today, in 2001, when The Guild and College Estates separated from Stratford-upon-Avon Town Council. Prior to that, our long history dates back to the 13th Century. We are a registered charity and managed by a team of dedicated staff and Trustees
Our charity and our assets exist to make Stratford-upon-Avon a place that works for the benefit of our community. We are a Trust for everyone in the town and are committed to listening, connecting and supporting as many people as we can.
We typically award over £2million each year to support charities, organisations, projects, events, groups, clubs, schools and individuals across Stratford-upon-Avon to do incredible things for our community.
From small Fast Track grants of up to £1500 to larger and multi-year grants, we fund, engage and empower people to realise their aspirations and make a difference. We prioritise our grants to maximise our impact in the town.
Through Citizens Advice South Warwickshire, we provide small, one-off grants for such things as bedding, furniture, clothing and white goods to those in need. We also distribute grants to all of Stratford-upon-Avon’s schools to support them with pastoral care.
We support the upkeep of the Church Street Almshouses and pay an annual allowance to the vicar of Holy Trinity Church. We also support King Edward VI School.
Our funding priorities for 2019 were:
• Improve health and wellbeing • Positive activities for young people • Reduce loneliness and social isolation • Protect and support vulnerable communities • Provide support in a crisis
Our vision Creating a connected and vibrant community.
Stratford-upon-Avon Town Trust is a registered charity (no. 1088521) and a company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales (no. 4222949). It is also a Trustee of the Guild Estate Charity (no. 217484) and College Estate Charity (no. 217485).
We organise a wide-range of community development activities and events throughout the year which aim to connect people at the heart of our town.
We run a community hub at Foundation House (p23) to help to bring people together, are custodians of the Guild Chapel (p22), provide 107 allotments and deliver a programme of free summer concerts at the bandstand each year.
We are governed by a dedicated Board of 11 Trustees drawn from our community. In 2019, we were delighted they were able to take up opportunities to see first-hand the impact made by some of our grant beneficiaries. They visited:
• Change Grow Live • Stratford Food Bank • Escape Arts – The Old Slaughter House • RSC – Clore Learning Centre • Mencap – Elta House
Stratford Town Trust Annual Report 2019
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