Cash help for voluntary groups

July 23, 2015

VOLUNTARY groups and organisations across Tamworth have received a cash boost of more than £4,200 from Tamworth Borough Council.

Nine groups have each been awarded grants of between £250 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 equipment for Lotties Tots CiC. The newly-formed group runs baby and toddler groups at St Francis Church, Sacred Heart Church and Lark Hall School.
  • £250 for SPIN (Special People in Need) towards the hire of a room and mobile disco for a Christmas party. The group holds weekly clubs for young people and adults with learning disabilities.
  • £500 for the Tamworth Monday Club for the Blind, towards the cost of transport to and from the meetings for members.
  • £500 towards equipment including loppers, bow saws and first aid kits for the Friends of the Lakes (Stonydelph & Belgrave). The newly-formed group is part of the Wild About Tamworth project and is made up of volunteers who will look after the Glascote part of the Kettlebrook Local Nature Reserve, as well as Stonydelph, Belgrave and Lakeside lakes.
  • £500 towards the running costs of the Tamworth branch of Diabetes UK.
  • £500 towards the purchase of two tablets and a projector screen for the Whittington Community Computer Group, which teaches computer skills and also provides support and friendship. The condition of the grant is that the two tablets are used by Tamworth residents who attend the group.
  • £500 for Woodhouse Community Farm towards travel expenses for volunteers. The projects works with Support Staffordshire to provide 120 volunteer places over a 24-week period, with volunteers involved in planting, weeding, sowing seeds and harvesting.
  • £500 for Destination Tamworth towards the hire of the model dinosaur for the recent Independents’ Day event in the town centre.
  • £500 to Robot Cossey Sculpture towards the cost of the sculpting project at Kettlebrook Short Stay School. The project will involve 25 students from the school, along with their parents and carers, working together to create a carved wooden sculpture for the school grounds.

Cllr Rob Pritchard, Chairman of the Cabinet Grants Committee, said: “Tamworth Borough Council is keen to support as many local voluntary organisations, sports clubs and community groups as possible. The groups are carrying out projects to make Tamworth a better place, help local residents or just give people something to do.

“We are delighted to be able to help these groups – and we could possibly help yours too. If your community groups, arts group, heritage group or sports club is running a project, please get in touch – we might be able to support you too.”

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 September 1st.