Rachel Key - Hub Manager - Tyler House: Stratford Samaritans Community Hub

Supporting Stratford has already opened the door to some great opportunities for the Community Hub and Stratford Samaritans. Knowing who to contact, being able to ask them honestly how they might like to support us and getting a quick response, has made approaching companies both easier and much more successful. The Graphics team at DCS has designed our new logo, FPS has given a bumper hamper including tea and coffee, emergency signage and fire blankets, BDR have offered technical help, Vale Press has offered free printing and Grenfell James has just given us a 'hot-desk' for charity workers using Tyler House one or two days a week. 

For services run and managed entirely by volunteers, 80 local people in the case of Stratford Samaritans, support from local businesses is a lovely reminder of how much their contribution is valued by the wider community.  Supporting Stratford is also helping us build a team of advocates, in addition to Denys and our generous funders the Town Trust, who understand what the Hub is trying to achieve and can encourage other charities and community groups to visit us and find out more. 

Testimonial from Vikki Calcutt at the Shakespeare Hospice :

“The Shakespeare Hospice are extremely grateful to the founding members of Supporting Stratford for creating a group of like minded organisations who are so willing to do what they can for local charities.

In the couple of months that Supporting Stratford has been in existence we have been lucky to have been supported by DCS who designed our Christmas Fundraising campaign for free. This wonderful artwork helped us to double the income we usually receive from the campaign. We have also been supported by BDR who kindly donated computer monitors for our use in the Hospice and Vale Press who have sponsored our Santa Run and vastly reduced the costs of our printing.

What is great about Supporting Stratford is that the support is so varied, the gifts in kind are saving us money and the marketing support is helping to generate money. Thank you to all the companies involved.”