New Year brings cash help to voluntary groups across Tamworth

Thursday, 10th January 2019

VOLUNTARY, arts and sports groups across Tamworth have received a collective cash boost of nearly £6,200 in the latest round of grants from Tamworth Borough Council.

Eleven groups and five individuals have each been awarded grants of between £160 and £500 from the Voluntary and Community Grants scheme, the Arts Grants and Sports Grant awards.

The grants are given to help organisations develop and provide services for the residents of Tamworth.

The latest grants are:

Voluntary and Community groups:

  • £500 for 3rd Wilnecote Scouts and their new purpose-built hall that will serve the needs of both the Scouts group and other community organisations. The grant will be used towards the cost of a 100w high bay LED light for the main hall.
  • £500 for Friends of Warwickshire Moor. The group preserve and protect the site and the grant will help towards the running costs associated with maintenance and upkeep of equipment and the purchase of a brush cutter, helmet ear defenders, steel toe capped boots, a first aid kit and a litter picker.
  • £500 for Lotties Tots who provide a welcoming and safe environment for Tamworth children aged 0-4 years and families. The grant will be used towards the purchase of play equipment.
  • £500 for Tamworth Community Transport Services, who provide low cost transport to medical appointments and other appointments. The grant will be used towards the running costs associated with room rental for the group office.
  • £452 for Middleton Hall Trust and the new tea room which will provide a much-needed income for the charity and also offer a range of additional volunteer opportunities. Middleton Hall Trust will work with Tamworth Job Centre, Support Staffordshire and CAB to recruit 15 Tamworth volunteers. The grant will help towards the cost of providing an online food safety course, two new kettles and the cost of painting the tea room.
  • £500 for Tameside Wildlife Conservation Group towards the running and maintenance costs of the equipment used at the site.
  • £500 for Tamworth Community Advice Network, a community hub that houses community transport, SARAC, counselling services and advice service. The hub provides an affordable venue for small community groups that is easily accessible to the community it serves. The grant will be used towards the running costs associated with remedial work on electrics within the building.
  • £500 for Tamworth Wellbeing and Cancer Support Services and their project that supports people living with cancer and other chronic illnesses. The centre will use the grant to towards the costs of instructors who will deliver singing for health, seated yoga and tai chi sessions.

Arts groups grants:

  • £500 for Lotties Tots to introduce a music program called ‘Tots make some noise’. The grant will support the costs of a qualified trainer to deliver the sessions and also train a member of the group to run the sessions and also help towards the cost of a resource pack and handouts.
  • £500 for Sharon Rose Amateur Dramatics, acompany that aims to educate, inform, and raise awareness in the community about public health issues through the ARTS. The company successfully staged ‘Split Second’ in November 2017 and will be staging a performance of the new play ‘2 Minds Matter’ in March 2018. The funding will help towards the costs associated with staging additional performances of the plays in Tamworth.
  • £500 for Tamworth Wellbeing and Cancer Support Services, which supports people living with cancer and other chronic illnesses. Services at the Stonydelph-based centre are provided free of charge, including a wide range of therapies and activities. The centre would like to provide a wider range of craft activities and the grant would help towards the purchase of new equipment and craft materials.

Sports Grants:

  • £500 to Harvey Rollason and Enduro Downhill Mountain Biking. The grant will help towards expenses related to entering the regional and national Enduro biking series.
  • Four Individuals from Tamworth Hockey Cricket and Squash Club have received a grant of £40 each to support with the cost of a cricket coaching level one course. After successfully receiving the qualification, each individual will then be a volunteer coach at Tamworth Hockey and Cricket Club.

Grants are available to community and voluntary organisations, arts and sports projects, which run in the borough, to enable them to develop and continue to provide their vital services. Talented sporting individuals, helping to put Tamworth on the ‘international map,’ are also encouraged to apply.

For more information please visit www.tamworth.gov.uk/grants, or contact Stephanie Ivey at Tamworth Borough Council on 01827 709709 or email: stephanie-ivey@tamworth.gov.uk.