COUNCILLORS have been spreading some festive cheer by giving out cash awards in each ward to support an event, scheme or special project that brings residents together or supports isolated residents during the Christmas period.
The Festive Grant Scheme is an initiative designed to reach a wide range of groups and isolated individuals living in Tamworth.
Tamworth Borough Council invited voluntary and community groups across the town to discuss proposals with one of their Ward Councillors who helped the bidders to complete and submit an application form to the Cabinet Grants Sub-Committee meeting held on Monday November 19.
Thirteen groups have now been awarded grants of up to £300 in each ward. Successful groups are:
- £300 for Amington Parish Church– Towards the costs of providing food parcels for families in need at Christmas. The church will work with Amington Heath primary schools, to deliver their project.
- £300 for Community Together CIC in Belgrave – Towards the costs of delivering two festive open days for the local community, taking place at Park Farm Lodge and Glenfield Sheltered Housing Schemes. The funds will provide soup and a roll for all visitors and activities such as bingo and craft stalls. In addition, 300 information packs will be produced detailing advice to help people who could potentially be isolated this Christmas. These packs include details of local groups where people can go for a cuppa and a chat, or take part in an activity; home energy advice; debt advice and support and tips to improve health and well-being.
- £300 for Heart of Tamworth in Bolehall – This project will include funding £100 towards an event for the Thursday lunch club at Manna House; £100 towards an event for the Wednesday lunch club at St George’s Methodist Church and £100 for Christmas food supplies into food bank stocks that will benefit families over the Christmas period.
- £300 for the Tamworth Well-being & Cancer Support Centre in the Castle Ward – To run a Christmas event at the Aldergate Social Club for people living with cancer and other chronic illnesses.
- £300 for Heart of Tamworth in Glascote – This project will include funding £100 to Homestart towards a Christmas party; £100 to Take a Bow towards a party for young people and adults with additional learning needs; £50 for Dementia Café to provide cakes and refreshments and £50 for the bereavement group to provide cake and refreshments at a festive morning event.
- £300 for St Francis Church Layfield in the Mercian Ward – Towards the costs of providing a Christmas meal, entertainment and transport for those who are socially isolated over the Christmas period.
- £200 for Friends of Spital Chapel in the Spital Ward – To purchase festive decorations and provide refreshments for people attending services over the Christmas period.
- £100 for Tamworth Samaritans in the Spital Ward – Towards the costs of producing a Samaritans Christmas card and distribution via outreach work to the isolated over the Christmas period.
- £300 for Community Together CIC in Stonydelph – To host four befriending events to bring together members of the community over the Christmas period. The funding will help cover the costs of room hire, refreshments and entertainment at St Martin’s Church. All attending will also receive a mini hamper with activities people can do at home.
- £300 for Tamworth Samaritans Trinity Ward – Towards the costs of producing a Samaritans Christmas card and distribution via outreach work to the isolated over the Christmas period.
- £100 for the Wilnecote Scouts– To run three Christmas parties for the scout group for over 100 children between the ages of 5 and 14-years.The funding will help towards bingo prizes and refreshments.
- £100 for Wilnecote Congregational Church – Towards the costs of advertising a friendship service and providing refreshments to those who attend.
- £100 for Manor House Day Centrein Wilnecote – To provide a Christmas lunch and transport for people living with dementia and their carers.
Cllr Robert Pritchard, Deputy Leader of Tamworth Borough Council said: “Christmas is a time of year that should bring people together and remind them that they are not alone. We want to help as many groups and organisations as possible support isolated residents this Christmas.
“It is great to see how many groups will benefit this Christmas due to this new Festive Grant Scheme.”