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.

ASDA ‘Bag Pack’

On Saturday and Sunday, 10th and 11th November, there will be a ‘Bag Pack’ at ASDA in Tamworth. Tips given will help to raise funds for SPIN.

Club members who feel they will be good at packing away shopping for customers are required as volunteers. We want to cover as many checkout tills as possible. Tips are normally given for doing this, which will help with fundraising for SPIN.

If you feel this is something you could do and have time on one or both those days, email giving the time/s you are available and Sylvia will put you on the rota.

Canwell Show Produce Auction

At the end of last year’s Canwell Show exhibitors donated their produce to an annual Charity Auction at the Three Horseshoes pub in Fazeley.

Prize-winning vegetables, homemade cakes, chutneys, jams and wine all went under the hammer to raise money for charity. In August this year, a cheque for £1,051.00 from this auction was given to SPIN.

We thank all involved in this for their kindness and generosity, especially Karen Welch from Hints Farm and Barbara Baldwin, the landlady of the Three Horseshoes pub.

Activities week a success…

The SPIN Activities Week (Monday 20th to Friday 24th August) was a great success. Held at Tamworth Youth Centre, around 30 members accessed the week and took part in various craft and sewing activities, sports, food hygiene and cooking for one, money management, gardening in a pot, internet safety, personal hygiene (hair, skin, nail and foot care), simple first aid, relationship training, money management, line dancing and a talk on benefits and work opportunities available for those with special needs from Chris Mortimer from Tamworth Jobcentre Plus.

SPIN was pleased to have a visit from Mayor Tina Clements on Tuesday. She had a go at some of the sports being played and had her photo taken with some of the members. SPIN is one of the Mayor’s charities.

Mid-week SPIN members were joined by a group of teenagers from Tamworth Youth Centre who hosted the day for them, running the ‘SPIN Olympics’ in the form of a ‘Spinathlon’ – a five-sport event for anyone who wanted to take part. The group also gave out healthy eating advice and cooked a healthy lunch. At the end of the day that went really well the group presented certificates and medals to those SPIN members who had taken part.

Volunteering to run the day was used as part of an award being done by the Tamworth Youth Centre young people, and SPIN was pleased to help them run activities that could be used as evidence towards achieving their award.

The two groups integrated so well that on the final day the teenagers joined the SPIN group again for lunch and an afternoon disco.

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.