Cash help for voluntary groups

Tuesday, 22nd July 2014

Voluntary groups and organisations across Tamworth have received a cash boost of almost £4,000 from Tamworth Borough Council.

Eight groups have each been awarded grants of between £460 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 Tamworth Amateur Radio towards the purchase of a generator and to help train young people taking their Foundation Licence.
  • £500 for the MS Society towards tai chi classes for people with MS, to help with balance, mobility and mental wellbeing.
  • £500 for the Polish Community of Tamworth – towards equipment for a Saturday school at Sacred Heart Centre in Glascote to provide supplementary education for children with Polish roots. The new group will also give Polish parents the chance to meet together, support each other and take part in workshops and courses.
  • £500 for Tamworth Twinning Association towards the cost of hiring a venue for a concert by Tamworth Voices and the choir from Tamworth’s French twin town of Vaujours, as well as for the cost of promotional materials.
  • £500 for U3A towards the purchase of a keyboard for the choir group to enable them to increase the number of performances they can offer.
  • £500 for Wilnecote Wildlife Conservation Group towards equipment and tools to be used for the maintenance of the southern part of the Kettlebrook Linear Nature Reserve, to make the area more attractive and accessible and to encourage wildlife.
  • £500 for Sacred Heart Senior Citizens Club towards a social outing for the group’s 30 members.
  • £460 for Museufy towards a portable photographic exhibition of William McGregor’s Ancient Egyptian collection. The exhibition will be put in show at Costa Coffee in George Street – where the mummies are reputed to be buried – and Tamworth Library.

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. 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.