Tesco in Beverley has given local community groups a massive cash boost via the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.
Molescroft Primary School and East Riding Voluntary Action Services (ERVAS) are the latest groups to bag funding, earning grants of £5,000 and £2,000 respectively, which have been funded from the 5p carrier bag charge.
Molescroft Primary School will be using the grant to refurbish their outdoor wildlife area. Michael Loncaster, head teacher, says:
“We were absolutely thrilled to find out we had secured £5,000.
“Our conservation area is much loved by our students and this grant will enable us to refresh the timber decking and walkways which were first constructed in 2005 and are beginning to show their age.
“Our youngest children use the area for “Forest School” activities, while every afternoon groups of children have their turn to appreciate the environment and the visiting wildlife, grow vegetables, maintain the various habitats and appreciate how we can influence our environment for the benefit of all life.
“We are very pleased to be able to ensure that future generations of Molescroft students will reap the benefits of the space.”
Detty Tyler, Project Co-ordinator at ERVAS, adds:
“The funds awarded to ERVAS will be used to support our Volunteen Green scheme, which aims to improve access to community gardening and growing projects for children and young people. Our scheme is designed to include those with special educational needs, disabilities or mental ill-health.
“Providing volunteering opportunities for young people can improve their confidence and self-esteem as well as bolstering their future education and employability prospects. Young people will also gain skills and knowledge of how to grow their own food with the support of their community.
“I would really encourage any group in need of funds for an outdoor project to consider entering the Bags of Help scheme.”
Thorngumbald Primary School also secured funding in the recent round of funding. Their cash will be put towards a new shelter for Key Stage One students.
Dave Ryley, Community Champion at Tesco Beverley, said:
“We are absolutely delighted to have been able to support these wonderful local groups and organisations by running the Bags of Help campaign. We can’t wait to see these latest winners bring their projects to life.
“The initiatives we support always have a huge positive effect on our local community, so we’re really keen to see even more groups and organisations apply for future grants.
“Any group that is considering applying for funding should feel free to come into store and ask me any questions that they like.”
Tesco has teamed up with Groundwork to run the funding scheme, which sees pots of cash raised from the 5p bag levy being awarded to local outdoor community projects.
Future groups are able to apply for funding of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000, with three shortlisted every two months to receive the cash awards.
Shoppers are invited to head along to Tesco stores to vote for who they think should take away the top grant of £4,000, using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop.
Tesco’s Bags of Help project has already delivered around £30 million to more than 4600 local community projects up and down the UK. Tesco customers get the chance to vote for three different groups every two months.
The Bags of Help scheme is permanently open for applications and anyone can nominate a project at any time – whether it’s Tesco customers, colleagues or the community groups themselves. Just ask in store for more information or visit the Bags of Help website or visit www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp/ for more information on entry criteria.
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