28th Oct, 2016

Town trust surgeries give members chance to have say

Laura Maltby 24th Sep, 2016 Updated: 12 hours ago

MEMBERS of Stratford Town Trust will soon be able to have their say.

The grant giving charity is to hold the first of its regular monthly member surgeries in the Marketspace at Stratford ArtsHouse on Thursday (September 29) between 5pm and 7pm.

Further surgeries will then take place on the last Thursday every month except December where trust members can meet other trustees, ask questions, share their views or voice any concerns without an appointment.

Town trust chief exec Justin Williams, who took over from Helen Munro in August, said: “We have more than 2,000 members and that’s fantastic – but everyone living in the town should be involved in the trust and all that we do.

“We are the custodians for the community – and we want to actively engage with our members to ensure we focus our activities on objectives that the community values.

“Our sole purpose as a charity is to support the people of Stratford – and the more those people engage with us, the more we can do.”

As part of his bid to engage more with the community, Mr Williams will be holding informal drop-in sessions every Friday.

The sessions, which will take place between 10am and 2pm, are for anyone – whether a member of the town trust or not – who

wants to raise issues or just talk to him.

Stratford Town Trust gives out around £1.8million each year in three rounds of grants designed to support the local community.

Trust membership is open to anyone aged 18 or over who lives in Stratford town.

Visit www.stratfordtowntrust.co.uk or call 01789 207111 for further information.