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Stratford Town Trust to launch very own DIY SOS

Ian Hughes 1st Sep, 2017

STRATFORD TOWN Trust is launching its own DIY SOS.

People are being asked to nominate a project to receive funding as part of the trust’s latest initiative ReBuild.

The initiative – set to become the town’s very own version of the BBC’s DIY SOS – aims to have a direct and lasting impact at a family or community level within the town of .

It could be a house in need of major alterations to allow a disabled or ill family member to stay in their own home, or a community facility in desperate need of saving or reinvigorating.

Anyone can nominate a project – the only criteria is that the project must happen within Stratford town. The chosen project will be carried out next year.

Trust chief executive Justin Williams said: “We want to identify a project in need of support; a project that will have a measurable impact, to the recipients and to the broader community.

“We’re not embarking on this with any preconceived ideas, in terms of what the best project will be – it is up to the residents of Stratford to nominate and then vote. What we’re saying is let us know about a really good local project that we can support, and then let’s make it happen.”

Visit to make nominations, which open on Monday (September 4) and can be submitted up until midnight on October 24.

The voting will happen throughout November, with the winner announced before Christmas 2017.

From the nominations received, a shortlist of potential projects will then be opened to a community vote on the best project.

Much like DIY SOS – the hit BBC1 programme – the trust also wants to hear from any companies and volunteers willing to lend a hand – or a team of hands – to support the project.

Mr Willaims added: “This is something very different and very exciting.

“For this initiative to work we need the whole community here in Stratford to get behind us to ensure it delivers maximum impact.

“We’re talking about a life-changing project. If you know someone who can benefit, or who can help, please get in touch as soon as possible. If the community embraces this initiative, then it could become an annual event.”

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