SPIN Activity Week – Sponsored by Big Lottery Fund

Big Lottery
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.
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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.

ASDA foundation presents cheque for £200

Cheque from ASDA
When SPIN was nominated as a charity, ASDA in Tamworth was asked to support and they very kindly agreed.

Collection boxes were put out in the store for SPIN and the other charities and customers could ask for a token at the end of their shopping to put into the charity box of their choice. The SPIN box actually had to be emptied once because it gained so many tokens!

At the end of the specified quarter SPIN was one of the charities that got the most tokens, so we were given £200, which was the share of the amount given out by ASDA each quarter.

A big thanks to ADSA and all those shoppers who chose us for their token!

In the picture are Rachel Drinkall, Sylvia Geldard, Charlotte Mawdesley, the Asda manager and Nathan Baldwin.

SPIN Tombola

Sunday, 2 September is the Tombola in the Castle Grounds to raise funds for SPIN.

We urgently need prizes for this event, so please bring them to:

Tamworth Youth Centre on 18 July 7.00pm-9.30 pm (we break up for the summer holidays after this date)

Alternatively please deliver to Sylvia Geldard’s house, 80 Comberford Road, Tamworth on any day, but no later than 31 August. If taking to Sylvia, please ring her first to arrange delivery on 01827 65264.

Everyone is welcome to come to the event, which is part of the Carnival/Heritage Weekend.

SPIN Activities Week

Monday 20 August to Friday 24 August from 10.00 am to 3.30 pm will be the SPIN Activities Week.

Crafts, Cooking, Sports, Photography and IT are just a few of the activities planned.

It is open to anyone over the age of 14 who has a special need.

Contact Sylvia on 01827 65264 or
Lindsey on 01827 64391 for more details.

The day includes a light lunch.