Eight groups and two individuals have each been awarded grants of between £500 and £3,000 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 Heart of Tamworth Community Project, towards the cost of licensing for six volunteer trainers to run The Love to Move Project – a specifically designed programme to get people who are living with Dementia and their carers, moving and functioning better. It improves cognitive function, coordination and supports the individual to carry out activities of daily living more independently.
The grant will also purchase equipment that will be needed such as a Bose Sound Link Revolve, Bluetooth speaker and charging cradle.
- £500 for Milk Fairies CIC who support women to breastfeed by offering two support groups that meet weekly in Tamworth community and a private Facebook group social media support, alongside peer-to-peer support. The grant will help purchase equipment and support material such as promotional leaflets, fridge magnets, postcards, breast feeding booklets, name badges for the volunteers, and first aid training for five volunteers.
- £506.50 for Tamworth Volunteer Litter Pickers, a newly-formed group of residents who collect litter in Tamworth. The group formed 12 months ago and has 130 active members. The grant will help purchase equipment including litter pickers, gloves, easy fold trolley, high visibility jackets, high strength magnet and rope.
- £300 for Glascote 1st Scout Group, towards the costs associated with pitch hire and resources at the Beaudesert Wilderness and Bushcraft Camp in celebration of the group’s 50th anniversary. This grant will help support a number of children who may not have been able to attend due to cost.
- £500 for Tamworth Literary Festival, towards the costs associated with the festival’s school project, including artists’ fees. A number of children’s authors will visit schools in Tamworth with the aim to inspire young children to read and write their own stories.
- £500 for Tamworth Volunteer Litter Pickers, towards the cost of equipment and materials for the Staffordshire Smile Stones project – stone painting events that are aimed at families to promote Tamworth and encourage creativity. The stones are then hidden for people to find and re-hide. The project will be in with partnership with Community Together CIC.
- £3,000 for Bolehall Swifts, towards the cost of equipment in the training areas that will be for community use. This will include activities such as walking football and a hub providing support with job interviews and self-confidence building. The club will also be providing a free football camp as part of next summer’s activity programme.
- £950 for Tamworth Cycling Club, to cover the cost of first aid training for 24 members of the club.
- £300 to K Hancock, a swimmer representing the West Midlands and competing in Regionals. The grant will help to cover costs for travel and equipment.
- £147.50 to J Sweeney, to cover costs involved with completing an FA level 2 qualification, to become a lead coach on community projects run by Bolehall Swifts.
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.