Friends of Stretford Public Hall was formed in 2015 to take on the ownership and running of Stretford Public Hall.

We are a charitable community benefit society that is democratically run by its members. Our aim is to run Stretford Public Hall in a profitable, sustainable way. Any profit we make is invested back in to the running and restoration of the Hall.

Friends of Stretford Public Hall employs a small team of staff who run the Hall day-to-day. The staff team are supported by a Board of Directors, elected each year by our members. 

Our vision
We want Stretford Public Hall to become a thriving multi-purpose venue at the heart of Stretford, owned and run by the local community.

Our mission
Our aim is to restore and protect this historic landmark. Through ongoing engagement with the local community, we will host a wide range of activities that meet Stretford’s needs. In partnership, we will help to improve the lives of residents by providing opportunities for employment and involvement as well as access to arts, culture, heritage, and a range of well-being services.
In 2020, Friends of Stretford Public Hall received the Queens Award for Voluntary Service due to the ongoing dedication of our group of volunteers, many of whom have been with us from the beginning, almost five years ago.
More information about or online activities can be found here: https://www.stretfordpublichall.org.uk/online_activitites 

Our youtube channel has new content being added weekly and can be found here:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkho2Pg8DnhLgKrObDgp35w

Our Community Choir 'Stretford Singers' meet every two weeks on their facebook group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/690004407844501/​​​​​​​
How can people get involved?

Attending events and activities:
Before the covid-19 pandemic, we held a number of weekly activities at the hall, from a community choir to wellbeing classes and arts classes. We would also host monthly events to fund raise for our cause. These included music nights, cinema screenings, and an analogue game night. 
Since Covid-19 hit, we moved a number of our activities online, with a virtual choir meeting every two weeks, a monthly life drawing session via zoom and yoga and wellbeing classes filmed for access via youtube whenever they are needed. We're even trialling a music gig online! We need people from our local comunity and further afield to attend the online events and join us in person again once we re-open.


Volunteering:
Our covid-response project currently also has us functioning as a community hub with an important role including distributing food bank parcels, helping those shielding or isolating to have access to shopping, delivery medical prescriptions, and checking in via phone on our vulnerable members of our community. We wouldn't be able to do this without the help of volunteers. 

You can find more information on volunteering on our website where you can also submit a form to show your interest in volunteering.

Donations:
Donations towards our mission are always welcome. This can be done securely via out website.
How can people contact you remotely?

Twitter: @StretfordPHall
Instagram: @friendsofstretfordpublichall
Public email address: friends@stretfordpublichall.org.uk

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