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 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.


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.

Great North Swim – Supporting SPIN

I am Corporal Phillip Taber from 21 Engineer Regiment. I was seriously injured on the 11th of August 2010, whilst serving in Afghanistan. I was medically evacuated to Camp Bastion where I was stabilized and then flown to the Queen Elizabeth hospital Birmingham. Due to the skill of the team at Birmingham, I managed to keep both my legs, but not without a substantial loss of mobility. Over the past three years I have been undergoing intense rehabilitation at the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre Headley Court and undergone further operations, from which I have recovered well.

Last year I climbed Mount Snowdon in aid of the service charities that have given invaluable support throughout my on-going recovery. Whilst undergoing rehabilitation swimming has become my main form of exercise and I have set myself the challenge of swimming a mile in the Great North Swim, taking place on the 16th of June at Lake Windermere.

This year any money raised will be donated to SPIN. I have been inspired by the great service this charity provides. They run a social evening for people with special needs, which include activities such as sports, crafts, drama and life skills.

Although a mile might not sound much it actually equates to 64 lengths of a 25 metre swimming pool, this will be a considerable task for me, as I have sustained gunshot wounds to both legs and will only be using my arms when in the water.

I would like to invite you to kindly show your support if you feel able, you can donate to SPIN by visiting the how to donate page on this website. There are also contacts on there that will be able to help with this.

If you have any queries for me please email me at: mrphillt@hotmail.co.uk or phone 07977441849.

Thank you for your help and support.

Corporal Phillip Taber and family.

Sponsored Swim

Sponsored Swim
Last night (30th January 2013) we were presented with a cheque for £926 which was the result of a Sponsored Swim undertaken by one of our members Brett Jennings, and his friend William Simpson.

Above is the photo of the presentation, those in the picture left to right are, Andrew, Shirley Baldwin (SPIN chairperson) Emily, William, Becky, Brett, Natalie and Tammy.

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.