Nominate now for a ReBuild!

4 October 2017

LIFE-CHANGING funding is still up for grabs through a major new project being launched in Stratford-upon-Avon.

But with less than a month to go until nominations close, the community is being urged to come forward with more worthy projects that could win.

ReBuild has been launched by Stratford Town Trust.

It’s a brand-new DIY SOS-style project, seeking to have a direct and lasting impact on a family or community here in Stratford-upon-Avon.

It could be a house needing major alterations to allow an ill or disabled family member stay at home, or a community facility needing significant funding for a transformation.
Anyone can nominate a worthy project – but the ReBuild has to happen within the boundary of Stratford-upon-Avon town.
Nominations can be submitted up until midnight on October 24th, via a simple online form at:

Alternatively, you can call Stratford Town Trust on 01789 207111 for a paper copy.

“This is a really different project for the Town Trust and for Stratford, and there’s been a lot of interest in ReBuild since it launched at the start of September,” Justin Williams, Chief Executive of Stratford Town Trust, said.
“But we know there are a lot more people out there who could benefit from this funding – this is a life-changing opportunity.
“Please do come forward and nominate – whether it’s for yourselves, your family or friends, or a community facility that you know needs a big boost. We’re asking everyone to help us spread the word far and wide too to make sure we reach as many people as possible.
 “Remember, one of the nominations you put forward is going to win.”

Once nominations close, a shortlist of projects will be announced – with the community then asked to vote for the winner during November and into December.

The winner will be notified just before Christmas, ready for the ReBuild in 2018.

The Stratford Herald will be partnering with Stratford Town Trust to publicise the shortlist and the voting process, and to follow the ReBuild next year.

 Citizens Advice will also join the Herald on an advisory panel ahead of the shortlisting.

Aidan Knox, CEO of Citizens Advice South Warwickshire, said: “As a local charity, we’re excited to be partnering this project, a really life-changing opportunity for the community or a family in Stratford. If you know someone, or a facility, which could benefit, make sure you fill out a nomination before the deadline."

Much like DIY SOS – the hit BBC1 programme – Stratford Town Trust also needs to hear from any companies and volunteers willing to lend a hand – or a team of hands – to support the project once the winner is announced.

Details can again be left online, via the survey at:

“A huge thank you to all of those who have already volunteered help, we’ve already received some really wonderful offers of support,“ Mr Williams added.
“For ReBuild to work, we really need the whole community to get behind it, and if that happens, then it could become an annual event.
“We don’t have any preconceived ideas on what the ReBuild could be – that’s all up to you.”

Stratford Town Trust is a grant-giving charity with origins going back to the 13th Century. Today, the Trust funds nearly £2 million worth of grants to support local good causes – including charities, groups, individuals and every town school. Since 2001, more than £25 million of funding has been provided.

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