Here’s a story from the heart of Trafford, which demonstrates the power of local people doing extraordinary things together…

Friends of Stretford Public Hall are a small group working extremely hard on a voluntary basis to open the hall to the public again. The group was formed 16 months ago as they were determined not to lose an incredible asset like the hall.

As the Hall is now publicly owned again, there has been a demand from the community to help bring the building back to life.

Friends of Stretford Public Hall is an organisation made up of local residents who recently won a bid to take over the ownership of the hall and bring it back to community use.

There are currently three founding members on the board of Friends of Stretford Public Hall and the public engagement has been so good that the group is now expanding.

The group also has a healthy bank of volunteers ready to help out on future events who are donating their professional skills which enabled 70 local people to recently get involved with a clear up project, working together, using their skills, talents and assets to help bring this beautiful community treasure back to life. Although it will take a long time to make the building sustainable and open to the community, the passion that is behind the project is brilliant and the founders of the group are very humbled by the support.

The group said: “We want to bring back the heart of Stretford and return the building to its former glory; a civic hall that can be shared and used by the whole community. Bringing together the Arts, health, well-being, new enterprise and more together under one roof.”

This really resonates with our mission to encourage local people to do extraordinary things together and we look forward to seeing what the group achieves with the building.

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