MORE than £50,000 has been handed to Tamworth groups and organisations to support their work with individuals, children and families across the area.
Twelve groups have successfully been awarded grants of between £2,500 and £5,000 from the Connecting Communities Grant and the Local Innovation Community Grant.
Connecting Communities Grant is a new Tamworth Borough Council funded scheme aimed at voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) groups.
Awarded grants are:
- £4,699.53 for CHOICES CIC and their project to deliver one to one counselling for residents in Tamworth.
- £3,324.61 for Community Together CIC. Their project will support 250 socially isolated and vulnerable individuals and recruit 18 volunteers to support the project by setting up a network of ‘Talking Tables’ in public settings. These are places where people meet as part of their day-to-day lives including cafes, libraries, pubs and community centres. The project also aims to provide befriending, ‘hand holding’ assistance to help people build their confidence and create an ‘empowerment action plan.’
- £5,000 for Cruse Bereavement South Staffs who provide free advice and support to the bereaved. The service is run by volunteers who offer Tamworth residents a free and confidential telephone helpline, literature and one to one support.
- £4,980 for Growing Rural Enterprise (Staffs Care Farming) and their project WELLIES (wellness, education, learning, laughter, inspiration, environment and skills) and ‘Confidence through Creativity.’ It offers therapeutic learning activities with animals, plants and the countryside, to people recovering from mental ill health. Participants try crafts such as woodwork, woodturning, upcycling furniture, chalk painting, floristry and weaving.
- £2,800 for Heart of Tamworth to train six people to deliver the ‘Love to Move Program’, which is specially designed to get older people, people who are living with dementia and their carers, moving and functioning better.
- £5,000 for Tamworth CAN, to offer a course to vulnerable people who are about to secure their first tenancy. The aim is to prevent homelessness by preparing them when moving into their own property for the first time. The course will cover topics such as understanding tenancy agreements, consequences of breaching these agreements, benefit fraud, comparing utility tariffs, when and how to report a maintenance problem, insurances, how to furnish a home inexpensively, door stop lenders and payday loans. The project will also provide a follow-up service.
- £5,000 for Pathway Project and a project to run health and wellbeing group sessions, to support people who have been affected by domestic abuse. The project aims to reduce isolation, increase life opportunities and engage with hard to reach people with healthy networks and relationships.
- £5,000 for Transforming Communities Together – Places of Welcome (POW), a growing network of hospitality run by local community groups who want to make sure everyone in their area has a place to go for a friendly face, cup of tea and conversation if and when they need it. The funding will sustain the existing 10 places of welcome, establish six new places of welcome and have a targeted promotional campaign visiting amenities, shops and groups within the chosen neighbourhood agreed with the council.
The Local Innovation Community Grant is a Staffordshire County Council and Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner fund.
Awarded grants are:
- £2,500 for Heart of Tamworth. The funding will be used to run two summer schemes aimed at children aged between 7 -12 years and 13-18 years. The trips and activities are designed to bring together and empower those who may have fewer opportunities than some of their peers. This scheme will act as a platform to start a new year of youth work, youth clubs and opportunities due to investment into a new youth worker.
- £5,000 for Home-Start Tamworth who support and work with families with children who are persistently late or have poor attendance at school. A support worker meets with the family while the children are at school and will agree on a realistic plan to make improvements and implement routines at home.
- £4,430 for Talent Match Staffordshire for a project that will provide part of a test and learn approach to reducing absence from school of young people aged between 15 and 16.
- £4,430 for Talent Match Staffordshire for a second project that will be part of a test and learn approach to reducing pupil absences among young people aged 11-14 years.
Rob Barnes, Tamworth Borough Council’s Executive Director of Communities, said: “We are always delighted to offer grants to continue helping and supporting voluntary and community groups in Tamworth.
“Tamworth Borough Council really values the effort that all our local voluntary groups put in to make a difference in the community and we look forward to seeing how these projects will benefit these groups.”
The grants are in addition to the existing Voluntary and Community Grants scheme, Arts Grants and Sports Grant awards schemes run by Tamworth Borough Council. More information is available at www.tamworth.gov.uk/grants.
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