Local groups bag support

Claire Scott, Community Chairperson and Services Manager Emma Duncan, at Tesco Hardengreen.
Claire Scott, Community Chairperson and Services Manager Emma Duncan, at Tesco Hardengreen.

Local groups among the 10,000 projects to have now benefited for Tesco’s Bags of Help project have revealed the difference it has made.

Bags of Help is a community grant scheme through which local clubs, community groups and schools, are eligible to apply for grants of up to £4000. This can be spent on almost anything that will benefit the community.

Every two months three local projects are shortlisted at each store. Tesco has now helped over 10,000 projects throughout the UK, giving out £43 million in grants.

Sharon Hill, Mayfield and Easthouses Development Trust, said: “The Tesco Bags of Help award has helped us to kick-start our community garden. We have a steering group in place, and have now begun to structure the garden so that as many different people as possible can access it and be a part of it. All of this has been made possible thanks to this funding.”

Susan Goldwyre, Eskbank and Newbattle Community Council, said: “Our community will benefit for many years from the equipment purchased for kids to get involved in litter picking.

“The additional ongoing support to our events by the Tesco community champion is building a positive relationship with our community.”

Tesco Hardengreen community champion Claire Scott said: “We celebrated the 10,000 milestone with our customers to raise further awareness of the scheme, and gave out a piece of cake to everyone taking the time to vote. We also invited some of the projects who have received grants back for a catch up.”

To apply go to www.groundwork.org.uk/sites/tescocommunityscheme.