Work has begun on Stratford Samaritans new Community Hub, a prestigious project made possible by funding from Stratford Town Trust and pro bono work from Corstorphine + Wright.
The project will see Tyler House in Stratford town centre, renovated and upgraded to provide flexible, high quality space for both Samaritans and the wider community. The ground floor will now offer a series of meeting rooms and recreation spaces, along with kitchen and shower facilities, all of which will be available for hire to other local charities and non-profit-making organisations. There will also be a dedicated interview room, which will provide a private, relaxed space, where members of the public can drop in to talk to Samaritans in confidence.
Upstairs there will be a large, open plan office suite for Samaritans, along with two more offices, which will be leased in order to generate funds to pay towards the rent of Tyler House. The building will also be fitted with a lift, ensuring that is fully accessible to disabled users.
Samaritans were one of three local organisations to receive funding from Stratford Town Trust’s Community Challenge and were awarded £420,000 in total, all of which is being used to fund the project of establishing the Community Hub.
Chris McCurtin from Corstorphine + Wright said: “We are incredibly proud to be working with Samaritans on this project, especially as several other parties have also agreed to offer their services pro bono; it means that we can all work together to give Samaritans, and Stratford, the best possible building to serve the local community.
“As a practice, we do our best to support local charities and a project such as this serves as the embodiment of our attitude. Samaritans and their supporters do fantastic work and so it makes everyone at our company feel immensely happy that we could, in some way, help to continue this for years to come.”
Jill Young, Director of Stratford Samaritans, added: “We are extremely grateful to Stratford Town Trust for their wonderful award and making this Community Hub project a reality, and to Corstorphine + Wright for their generous pro bono work on our behalf. We look forward to moving in to our new local base and using it to increase the level of work that we can do within the community.”