Cash help for voluntary groups

Saturday, 9th April 2016

VOLUNTARY groups and organisations across Tamworth have received a cash boost of almost £3,000 from Tamworth Borough Council.

Six 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 the Friends of Wigginton Park to pay for equipment including saws, loppers, spades, forks, a wheelbarrow, litter pickers and a first aid kit. The equipment will be used by the volunteers during the monthly task days.
  • £500 for Milk Fairies towards the cost of play equipment, DBS checks for volunteers and ID badges. The group organises sessions to supports breastfeeding women and their families in Tamworth.
  • £500 for the Tamworth Stroke Patients & Carers Group towards the cost of venue hire and specialist transport for a social outing. The group holds monthly meetings for stroke patients and their carers.
  • £480 for the Tamworth Literary Festival towards the cost of venue hire, author expenses and marketing for the Romancing the Word literacy event, held in Tamworth on June 10 and 11.
  • £500 for Lottie’s Tots, a baby and toddler group for children aged from 0-4 years. The grant is to fund 10 ‘Tots Make Some Noise’ music sessions, run by a specialist early years music leader.
  • £500 for Shoebox Theatre towards running costs for the intergenerational group. The open access intergenerational drama workshop group was set up in 2012. It meets each week and puts on at least two performances a year.


Rob Barnes, Tamworth Borough Council’s Director of Housing & Health, 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. The deadline for applications is June 1, but if more information is required, contact Karen by the middle of May.