Our SPIN Annual General Meeting would have been due to take place on 23 June.  However, our Prime Minister has indicated that it will be at least 4 July before people will be able to start to meet in larger numbers again.  We know this because he has said that social meeting places like pubs, clubs and restaurants will be permitted to open again on that date, but even then there would need to be a safe distance between each person who gathers in those places, and presumably this will only happen if the rate of infection is still going down.   

We are therefore obviously not going to be able to hold our AGM on the date designated.  Our end of financial year accounts will still be published on the Charity Commission website at the correct time, as is our legal obligation, but the Charity Commission is allowing AGMs to be postponed, if necessary, until it is deemed safe to meet, or they can meet via a medium such as Zoom.  We prefer a face to face meeting, so at the present time, with the information we have to hand, we do not anticipate holding our AGM until towards the end of the year. 

The minutes of the previous meeting are always sent out to members, parents, care homes, staff, volunteers and committee, a month before the current AGM is due to take place, and we will do this, as usual, when a new date is decided upon.

L Thompson


26 May 2020


Dear Members, Parents and Carers,

I am sure you have all been watching the news very intently over the past few weeks, and know how our own country is now in the grip of the coronavirus outbreak.

Many of our members have underlying health conditions which could affect them adversely should they catch the virus, and half of our staff are in the over 70’s age bracket, whom the government have told to self-isolate at home.

As of Monday, 16 March, the Coton Centre is closing all weekday activities in an effort to stop the virus from spreading.

After much discussion, we have decided that it is in all our interests to suspend SPIN on both Mondays and Wednesdays for the time being, starting tomorrow. This means that there will be no SPIN until at least after Easter.

Once Easter is over you will be contacted again to inform you as to whether or not we will be starting up again. The date of resuming SPIN will depend on whether the number of coronavirus cases in the UK are subsiding. If they are not, we may have to delay starting up, but we will keep you informed.

The SPIN Prom is due to take place on 8 May. A third of you have already bought tickets. At this point in time we are working on the assumption that we can still go ahead, but obviously, as SPIN is now closed, you will not be able to buy a ticket before the original deadline date of 1 April.

For those of you who still wish to come to the Prom, but have not yet bought tickets, please email me or telephone me (01827 64391) and let me know that you wish to come, so that we have an idea of numbers for catering. If we go ahead you will then be able to buy a ticket as soon as SPIN starts up again.

However, if the coronavirus outbreak gets worse, it is likely that Hopwas Club will suspend all bookings, and we are not able to hold the Prom, in which case, we will either move the date to the autumn, or cancel it altogether. All who have paid will then be given a full refund.

Some of our members are not on email or the Internet. If you have friends, neighbours, college or school friends who come to SPIN, please contact them and let them know about the above.

Finally, we do hope that you all understand why we feel we have had to take these measures, and look forward to seeing you again as soon as this disease subsides.

In the meantime, do look after yourselves and keep safe.


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.