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.
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).
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.
On Wednesday, 16 December, 66 members, carers, staff and volunteers from SPIN went to see Aladdin at the Assembly Rooms in Tamworth.
They were vociferous in their participation of the storyline, cheering the goodies and booing the baddie. Everyone had a really good time.
Many thanks to the cast who gave a wonderful performance, incorporating our group into their dialogue.
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.
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.
Many tickets were bought and prizes won at the Tombola, and the whole evening was most enjoyable and a great success.
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.
This year’s SPIN Prom was held on Friday, 19 June at the Old Liberal House in Amington. Members came dressed in their finery and had a really good time. The meal was provided by Roasters, and Brian Mawdsley hosted the disco.
On Wednesday 13 August, Vicki Bisgrove who is in charge of charities and events at the Tamworth Sainsbury’s UTL site, came to present a cheque to SPIN for £113, raised from a monthly dress-down day at the depot, for which we are very grateful.
Between 11 and 15 August SPIN held a Life Skills Activity Week at Tamworth Youth Centre, which was kindly sponsored by the Big Lottery Fund. We are most grateful to the Big Lottery Fund for giving us cash to enable us to hold this event once again.
Numbers ranged between 35 and 45, and those who attended could choose to participate in activities such as many different types of craft, sports, keep fit, Zumba, rocket building, making and decorating cakes, first aid, safety, manicures and pedicures, a music quiz, treasure hunt, disco and karaoke.
Some of those who attended used certain activities to generate initial evidence in NVQ units in Life and Living Skills, which SPIN is running in conjunction with the Business Development Service, and which began during this week.
On Thursday, 14 August we had a visit from a Christian singing group from Ghana, who were visiting the area and wanted to call in to see what SPIN was doing. They sang and played instruments for us for about an hour before recommencing their tour.
On the 20th December SPIN held its 25th anniversary celebration, which took place in the Athletics Club off the A5, in the form of a disco and social evening for over 100 members and parents alike.
The evening was spent by in socialising, dancing and enjoying a buffet. The Mayor Councillor John Garner was a guest and gave a short speech about SPIN, which was followed by Sylvia Geldard, the club leader thanking all staff and volunteers for their continued service during the year. The staff of the Athletics Club was thanked for giving up their evening to put the event on.
SPIN runs a social club for people aged 14+ who have special needs. It is open every Wednesday evening during term time from 7.15 pm to 9.30 pm and new members are always welcome. The venue is Tamworth Youth Centre.
The evening was funded by county councillors Ben Adams, Michael Greatorex, Chris Cooke and Sheree Peaple, each having contributed from their Staffordshire Local Community Fund allocation, to help build on the massive success that the charity has seen in recent years.
The Staffordshire Local Community Fund is an initiative which supports communities directly through local county councillors. Each councillor has £10,000 a year to allocate to groups and organisations in their division to provide and improve important local services and promote community pride.
More information on the Staffordshire Local Community Fund is available at www.staffordshire.gov.uk. Just click on ‘Your Council’ and ‘Staffordshire Local Community Fund’.
On Friday, 20 December, there will be a Christmas Party and Disco at the Athletics Club off Marlborough Way, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the opening of SPIN.
Parents and siblings of SPIN members are welcome to come along.
The price is only £1.00 per person.
Tickets will be available to buy at SPIN as from next Wednesday (13 November).