Activity Week

At: Coton Centre Comberford Road Tamworth

Monday 31 July to Friday 4 August 2017

Open to all over the age of 14 who have learning difficulties or physical disabilities.

There will be:

  • Craft/painting
  • Sports
  • Table games
  • Teaching sessions on personal safety, healthy eating/lifestyle and preparation for working life
  • A day out at a farm.

Cost per day is £6.00 which includes a light lunch and drinks during the day.

For more information and/or a booking form please contact:

Reception at SPIN on Wednesday evenings (7.15 pm to 9.30 pm)

  • Sylvia on 01827 65264
  • Lindsey on 01827 64391

SPIN Drop-In Cafe

At: St John’s Church Community Rooms St John Street Tamworth Starting Monday, 20 March 2017

SPIN will be holding a drop-in café every Monday between 10.30 am and 12.30 pm. It will be open to all adults with learning/physical disabilities, offering friendship, games and craft activities. Advice and help with form-filling are also available if required.

Entrance is free. There will be a small charge for tea and coffee.

For further information, speak to Sylvia at SPIN on Wednesday nights, or telephone her on 01827 65264.

STEPHEN’S MARATHON EFFORTS

Marathon runner Stephen Thompson with medal
Stephen Thompson finished the London Marathon in April with a time of 3 hours, 35 minutes and 39 seconds. His sterling efforts have raised nearly £6,000 to date in sponsorship money for SPIN, for which we are truly grateful.

We would like to thank Stephen and all those who sponsored him for their generosity in supporting our charity. The money has helped to support our Prom, and will help to fund our Activity Week in the summer and our Christmas Party, as well as the week-to-week costs of our club.

Of the members and parents who took part in off-line giving, Andrea Baker guessed the nearest finish time and won the box of chocolates.

MEMBERS DESIGN T-SHIRT FOR MARATHON RUNNER RAISING MONEY FOR SPIN

Marathon runner Stephen Thompson with winning T-Shirt design
Local charity SPIN has a runner in this year’s London Marathon raising money for the club. Stephen Thompson, son of the charity’s secretary, will be running to raise money on 24 April.

Club members were invited to take part in a competition to create a design for the back and front of the T-shirt to be worn in the race. The 2 winners were Paul Randay, whose design will appear on the front of the T-shirt, and Kerri Wyatt, whose design will appear on the back.

Winning design number two for the back of the T-shirt

For anyone who would like to help by donating money to SPIN, a ‘Virgin Money Giving’ page has been set up to receive sponsor donations for the Marathon. The website address is as follows:

http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/StephenMarkThompson

An additional site has been created which will accept donations at all other times throughout the year. This is:

http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/charity-web/charity/finalCharityHomepage.action?charityId=1011572 .

NVQ SUCCESS AT SPIN

For 16 months, six young people who are members of SPIN (Special People in Need), have sacrificed leisure activities at the club in favour of working hard towards an NVQ qualification.

In January all of them gained an NVQ award in Life and Living Skills from the OCR examination board. Presentation of certificates was made at the club in front of parents and friends just before the February half term.

Several members who passed NVQ's

Pictured with 2 of the tutors at either end, they are from left to right Natalie Barber (who passed in Arts and Crafts); Charlotte Mawdesley, Brett Jennings and Ashleigh Bradford (who passed in Personal Skills); Amy Baker (who gained 2 awards in both Arts and Crafts and Personal Skills), and finally Andrew Forest (who passed in Personal Skills).

Andrew Forest

Unfortunately, Andrew was unable to be present on the day of the presentation which is the reason he has been photographed separately at a later date.

SPIN GOES TO SEE A PANTOMIME

On Wednesday, 16 December, 66 members, carers, staff and volunteers from SPIN went to see Aladdin at the Assembly Rooms in Tamworth.

Panto

They were vociferous in their participation of the storyline, cheering the goodies and booing the baddie. Everyone had a really good time.

Panto

Many thanks to the cast who gave a wonderful performance, incorporating our group into their dialogue.

SPIN Christmas Performance

Christmas Performance

Wednesday, 2 December was the SPIN Christmas Performance, held at Tamworth Youth Centre, which is now run by the One Recovery Team.

Publicised as a ‘Christmas Extravaganza’, more than a dozen SPIN members took part in front of a large audience of family, friends, other members, staff and volunteers. Christmas songs and carols, poems, readings, jokes and sketches were ably performed, and afterwards tea, coffee, mince pies and cakes were available for consumption before making the journey home.

SPIN CHRISTMAS PARTY

Christmas Dancing

The SPIN Christmas Party was held at the Sacred Heart Centre on Friday, 4 December, 2015. Around 90 members, their families, staff and volunteers came along, and danced the night away to a disco hosted by Brian Mawdsley, and tucked into a sumptuous buffet made by Roasters in Tamworth.
Christmas Buffet
Many tickets were bought and prizes won at the Tombola, and the whole evening was most enjoyable and a great success.

ST EDITHA’S CHRISTMAS TREE PAGEANT

Christmas Tree
SPIN has once again entered a tree into the Christmas Tree Festival at St Editha’s Church, Tamworth. This year’s theme is ‘Follow the star’ and the tree is a little different, in that it is hand made out of wood. Stars adorn the tree and there is a nativity scene at the base. Feel free to take one of the SPIN leaflets placed nearby to find out more about the charity and its work.

Viewing of all trees in the festival began last night (Friday, 20 November), and coincided with the switching on of the Christmas lights in Tamworth at 6.00 pm on the same evening. Please go to the Christmas Tree Festival at some point over the few days and support the SPIN tree with your vote. All Christmas trees can be viewed from now until 30 November.