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Voluntary Transport for the Disabled

A Community Service in Difficulty

Two years ago last December a vital Community Transport Service run by Lichfield District Council ceased due to national and local government austerity cuts. The council could not afford to run the service for the community or maintain its fleet of vehicles to the required standard for passenger transport. They are now at a stage where another local transport charity is in danger of closing down not due to any financial concerns at present but because of a lack of interest from the local community.

The Connecting Communities Grant and the Local Innovative Community Fund Grant

Funding of £70,000 is now available for voluntary groups across Tamworth.

Organisations from across Tamworth are able to apply for grants of between £500 and £5,000 to support individuals, families and children in Tamworth, thanks to a new cash £70,000 boost.

Two new grant schemes will support voluntary and community social enterprise organisations (VCSE) with a total funding allocation of £70,000.

Connecting Communities Grant is a new Tamworth Borough Council funded scheme with an allocation of £40,000 aimed at VCSE groups that are supporting:

Staffordshire County Council – Community Offer Programme Provider Events Invite

Following 1:1 meetings with Strategic Commissioners, Staffordshire County Council (SCC) would like to invite providers of Community Based Support and Day Opportunities to a group session to discuss:

1. The findings of our 1:1 meetings with Providers in more detail

2. How we can best work together moving forwards

The sessions will take place on

• 13:30 – 15:30: Wednesday 26th September 2018

• 09:30 – 11:30: Friday 28th September 2018

Mercian Ability Partnership Offer of Support

Mercian Ability Partnership project offers work experience placements and voluntary opportunities for individuals living with disabilities. The aim is for people to get together, have social interaction between each other and to be fully supported by existing staff and volunteers.  This will increase their confidence and ensure they achieve. Types of work experience can be from their main office gaining office skills or from Shopmobility which is more customer service based.