Cash help for voluntary groups

Friday, 18th December 2015

VOLUNTARY groups and organisations across Tamworth have received a cash boost of almost £3,500 from Tamworth Borough Council.

Seven groups have each been awarded grants of between £488 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 for 1st Glascote Scouts, which will be used to hire a minibus to take 15 young people to the Scout Activity Camp in Scotland, where they will take part in activities including abseiling, archery, sailing, rock climbing and hill walking.
  • £500 for the organisers of the annual Tamworth Gate Gallop, to pay for medals and trophies for participants in the race. The Gate Gallop is a 10k race, a fun run/walk and a children’s race, which attracts around 600 participants each year.
  • £500 for Creative Choices CIC – a new not for profit organisation which provides services for people with learning disabilities. The group runs a club called The Vibe for people aged 14 and above at Tamworth Boxing Club every Saturday from 10am to 12.30pm
  • £488 for the Dosthill Park Wildlife Group. The grant will be used to buy a large metal storage box for the group’s tools and equipment.
  • £500 for Friends of Warwickshire Moor, which will be used to buy a chain saw and protective safety equipment.
  • £500 for Starfish – an outreach project running four drop-in centres throughout Tamworth to offer a listening ear to people with problems including drugs, alcohol, homelessness, mental health issues, financial and relationship problems. The grant will be used to buy sleeping bags, tents and hygiene packs, food which is provided to visitors at the drop-in centres and DBS checks for volunteers.
  • £500 for Dig-It – a dyslexia information and support group for people of all ages in Tamworth. The group holds monthly drop-in sessions for all ages at the Carnegie Centre and an adult support group at St Martin’s in Stonydelph. The grant will be used to fund a puppetry course for up to 20 dyslexic children aged 13 and under, which will culminate in a public performance of the finished puppet show.

Cllr Rob Pritchard, Chairman of the Cabinet Grants Committee, said: “Tamworth Borough Council really values the work of local voluntary groups and we want to help them and support them as much as we can.

“We offer these small grants to local community groups and charities that are trying to make a difference to the local community. If you have a community project, arts scheme or something that will make Tamworth a better place, please get in touch.”

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 March 1 2016.