New cash boost given to voluntary groups across Tamworth

Voluntary, arts and sports groups across Tamworth have received a collective cash boost of £9,000 in the latest round of grants from Tamworth Borough Council.

Ten groups and two individuals have each been awarded grants of between £500 and £2,010 from the Voluntary and Community Grants scheme, the Arts Grants and Sports Grant awards.

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

The latest grants are:

Voluntary and Community groups:

  • £500 for Transforming Communities Together CIC towards the costs of promotional resources for the Places of Welcome project - a growing network of safe spaces for the community to access, offering friendly chat and refreshments. The Places of Welcome volunteers provide a listening ear and signpost residents to other community services that are running in the local area. The grant will help pay for A boards, banners and leaflets.
  • £500 for CASS Carers Association who support unpaid carers to perform their caring role independently for as long as possible, through offering access to support, information and advice.  The association run a Carers Café in Tamworth every month and provide refreshments, advice and guest speakers from local organisations and agencies who can offer additional services and health education. The grant will help towards the costs of four sessional therapists who will deliver two sessions at the Carers Café.
  • £500 for Tamworth History Group towards the cost of speakers, group visits and stationery for the monthly history meeting.        

£500 for Tamworth Castle Bowls, for indoor short mat bowling equipment. The group meet at the Castle Hotel and encourage participation in the sport of bowls to the Tamworth community.

  • £500 for Park Farm Social Group, who provide social activities for the elderly and disabled, reducing social isolation and loneliness. The grant will help towards the costs associated with room hire. 
  • £500 for Unite Retired Members Association towards the costs of a day trip for elderly people in Tamworth. The association provides social support, activities and day trips, to reduce social isolation and loneliness among elderly people.             
  • £500 for Monday Blind Club, a club that provides social activities, support and advice for blind and partially sighted individuals, many of whom are elderly, isolated and house- bound.           The grant will help pay towards transport costs.
  • £500 for Pennymoor Association Trust to purchase tables and chairs for the Pennymoor Community Centre. The centre is developing a range of events to encourage the local community to get involved and use the venue.         

Sports Grants:

  • £2,010.00 for Tamworth Tigers, a sports group that is looking to develop a junior basketball team for Tamworth. The grant will help with set up costs and a launch event.
  • £1,696.80 for Tamworth and District Indoor Bowls Club, for the club to purchase a wheelchair specific for use at the club.                     
  • £1,000 to Sophie Yendell, a British Junior Campion swimmer who has been selected to represent GBR at the European Junior Championships. The grant will help towards travel and accommodation costs.
  • £300 to Ruby Coldwell, a pole vaulter who is competing in the Staffordshire County Championships and the Midland Championships. The grant will help with travel costs.

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