Cash help for voluntary groups

March 26, 2015

VOLUNTARY groups and organisations across Tamworth have received a cash boost of more than £5,000 from Tamworth Borough Council.

Ten groups have each been awarded grants of between  £200 and £500 from two funds – the Voluntary and Community Grants scheme and the Arts Grants scheme.

The grants are given to help organisations develop and provide services for the residents of Tamworth.

The latest grants are:

  • £500 towards the running costs of Amington Fete on Saturday June 27. The events will bring together around 40 local charities and agencies. An ‘It’s A Knockout’ competition will be the highlight of the day and local schools are being invited to take part.
  • £200 for Friends of Spital Chapel towards a disability ramp and storage box, which will allow them to open their doors as part of Heritage Open Day on Saturday September 12.
  • £500 from the Voluntary & Community Grants scheme and a further £500 from the Arts Grants scheme for Tamworth District Scouts towards the running costs of their Gang Show at Tamworth Assembly Rooms in February 2016.
  • £500 for South Staffs Young Enterprise – a national business education charity which encourages students to think about starting their own businesses. The organisation plans to work with Tamworth students for one academic year, under the guidance of a local business volunteer. The grant will be used towards putting on a Trade Fair in March 2016.
  • £500 for Tameside Wildlife Group towards loppers, pruning saws, replacement saw blades and work gloves, to allow volunteers to carry out site maintenance at the Local Nature Reserve.
  • £500 for Hodge Lane Conservation Group, towards equipment for site maintenance, as well as fence posts and shale for new paths. The works will make the site more accessible, allowing more visitors to use it.
  • £500 for Tamworth Street Angels towards protective jackets, flip flops, bottled water, foil blankets, sick bags, latex gloves, hats and gloves. The Street Angels are teams of volunteers who are trained to administer first aid, as well as offering a listening ear and a point of contact in Tamworth town centre on Friday and Saturday nights.
  • £500 for Fired Up Theatre to further develop a programme of theatre in Tamworth, including a tour and workshops, to encourage more people to take part in theatre.
  • £500 for the MS Society to provide singing lessons and start up a choir for people affected by multiple sclerosis.
  • £400 for Tamworth Arts Club towards further storage space for costumes.

Grants are available to community groups and voluntary organisations which run in the borough to allow them to develop and continue to provide their vital services. To apply for a grant, please contact Karen Clancy at Tamworth Borough Council on 01827 709709 by the closing date of June 1st.