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30 January 2004

Tamworth charities hit lotto jackpot

Three local charities serving communities in Tamworth receive a boost with the news that the Community Fund has awarded them lottery grants totaling nearly 350,000.

The largest grant goes to Tamworth Council for Voluntary Service (CVS), who received 260,131. Age Concern Tamworth also received a boost of 56,845 as well as Edingale Village Hall, awarded 26,385 in the latest round of grants.

"Voluntary groups in Tamworth are a vital part of the community and provide a host of services to local people." said Simon John, Chief Officer at the CVS "We will use the lottery grant to support groups in Tamworth, provide training and help them access more money".

The grant enables Tamworth CVS to develop and expand activities previously funded by the Community Fund, supporting local voluntary and community organisations through training of committee members and trustees and increased access to information and fundraising.

Age Concern Tamworth will provide a welfare rights advice and information service from the organisation's office in the Leys area of Tamworth. The grant, over three years, will pay for two new staff posts, recruitment and general running expenses.

Edingale Village Hall will use the Community Fund grant to pay for the installation of play equipment on land next to the hall.

The West Midlands office of the Community Fund is based in Birmingham and gives lottery grants to community groups to help tackle disadvantage and improve quality of life. Regional Committee Chair, Nuala O'Kane said, "Tamworth is an area that has missed out on Lottery funds in the past so we are very pleased to be able to support these key local organisations. We want to build on this success and encourage more local groups to apply, so we are working closely with the CVS to increase the help and support available."

For more information please contact the West Midlands Community Fund office on 0121 200 3500.