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.

South Staffordshire College Tamworth Campus Fundraiser

South Staffs College Fundraiser
At our Wednesday club last week SPIN (Special People in Need) were presented with a cheque for £550.88. The sum was raised by learners and staff at South Staffordshire College Tamworth campus from tombola’s raffles, cake sales and Christmas Sales.

The learners nominated SPIN as their charity as many of them attend SPIN on a regular basis.

The picture shows from left to right, Sylvia Geldard (Club Leader) Tammy, Craig, Julie Pritchard (College course Coordinator) and Hannah.

Halloween Party

Halloween Fundraiser
On the last club night of the Autumn term SPIN held a Halloween Party for some 70 members and staff. The evening included activities, games and a fancy dress parade. Music was provided by two of the SPIN members.

Father Michael White from St John’s Catholic Church also attended and was one of the judges for the fancy dress parade, and also gave members an opportunity to hold and be photographed with the Olympic Torch which he carried along the route into Tamworth when the torch came to the town.

In the picture are Malcolm Vernon (leader) members Emily, Natalie and Matthew and leaders Gosia Kalisz and Fiona Sherriff.

Prom Night Success

SPIN Prom 2012
On Saturday evening, 6th October the SPIN Club (Special People in Need) held their annual Prom at Hopwas Social Club, which was funded by the Staffordshire Community Fund. The funding also provided much needed disco equipment for the club, and our picture shows three of the five county councillors who supported our grant with the equipment that was purchased.

During the evening some 50 members enjoyed an evening of disco and dance and a large number were presented with certificates of achievement for attending our summer activities week in August, which was supported by the Big Lottery Fund.

Those in the picture left to right are SPIN Member Charlotte Mawdsley, Councillors Lee Bates, Mick Oates and John Wells, and SPIN Member Andrew Forest with DJ SPIN Member Stephen Reynolds front centre.

Big Lottery Fund Supports SPIN

Thanks to a grant from the Big Lottery Fund SPIN are provided a ‘Life Skills Week’ commencing on the 20th August at Tamworth Youth Centre. The objective of the week was to provide an opportunity for members of SPIN (Special People in Need) which comprised of young people of 14 and over and adults who had special needs, to broaden their life skills experience and have taster sessions in activities most of them will not had taken part in before.

Over the week there were courses in basic food hygiene, cooking, healthy lifestyle activities including keep fit, sports played according to rules, dancing and exercises to music. Personal hygiene and relationship training was covered along with money management, first aid and identification of hazards in the home, in the workplace and outdoors. There were hobby opportunities such as photography, gardening, sewing and computer basics, all of which were aimed at increasing their confidence, self-esteem, co-ordination and sense of well-being.

Those attending also received breakfast and lunch, and refreshments during the course of each day.

We wish to also thank Staffordshire County Council for allowing us to hire their premises for this purpose and for all the help from staff and volunteers of the SPIN club.

SPIN is a charity and we are reliant on donations.

Anyone wishing to make a donation please contact the Treasurer on 01827 65264.