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HOPE calls out for votes to bag a share of Tesco bag fund
We have been successful in having our HOPE Garden Project placed in Tesco on Gateford Road in Worksop. When paying for your shopping you may be given a blue token, if not, you can always ask for one ☺
HOPE would really appreciate it if you could pop a token into our voting box. We are in with a chance to win some funding from the Tesco Bags of Help Grant Scheme. This funding is for our garden project which will allow service users to engage in gardening related activities such as, weeding, mowing the lawn, strimming our heavily grown bushes, and planting seeds and flowers. Our garden space also needs a fresh makeover, to allow service users to maintain the garden to an acceptable standard. The funding will allow us to get garden furniture such as, benches and chairs, as well as garden equipment; cordless lawn mower (safer for the service users to use), hedge trimmer and also a strimmer.
This will better our community as, it will motivate our service users to become physically active, boosting their health and well-being. It also will mean that there will be less anti-social behavior on our streets, as the project will give service users something to invest their time and effort with.
Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its community funding scheme, which sees grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 raised from carrier bag sales in Tesco stores awarded to local community projects.
Three groups in every Tesco region have been shortlisted to receive the cash award and shoppers are being invited to head along to Tesco stores to vote for who they think should take away the top grant. Hope Community Services is one of the groups on the shortlist.
Hope Community Services is a homeless charity based in Worksop, Bassetlaw. Currently HOPE supports those who are homeless, and have no-where to go, or anyone to turn to. We run Nottinghamshire’s only 24/7 direct access hostel. Our garden project will allow service users to engage in gardening related activities such as, weeding, mowing the lawn, strimming our heavily grown bushes, and planting seeds and flowers. Our garden space also needs a fresh makeover, to allow service users to maintain the garden to an acceptable standard. The funding will allow us to get garden furniture such as, benches and chairs, as well as garden equipment; cordless lawn mower (safer for the service users to use), hedge trimmer and also a strimmer.
This will better our community as, it will motivate our service users to become physically active, boosting their health and well-being. It also will mean that there will be less anti-social behaviour on our streets, as the project will give service users something to invest their time and effort with.
Emma Longmore Development Worker for HOPE has said “This is a great opportunity for HOPE and our service users. This project will allow individuals to become actively engaged in at outdoors project, and will also help to boost their health and wellbeing. We would really appreciate your votes”.
Voting is open in Tesco on Gateford Road from November 1st and customers will cast their vote 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 over £60 million to more than 18,000 projects across Britain. Tesco customers get the chance to vote for three different groups every time they shop. Every other month, when votes are collected, three groups in each of Tesco’s regions will be awarded funding.
Alec Brown, Head of Community at Tesco, said: “Bags of Help has been a fantastic success and we’ve been overwhelmed by the response from customers. It’s such a special scheme because it’s local people who decide how the money will be spent in their community. There are some fantastic projects on the shortlists and we can’t wait to see these come to life in hundreds of communities.”
Groundwork’s National Chief Executive, Graham Duxbury, said: “Bags of Help continues to enable local communities up and down Britain to improve the local spaces and places that matter to them. The diversity of projects that are being funded shows that local communities have a passion to create something great in their area. We are pleased to be able to be a part of the journey and provide support and encouragement to help local communities thrive.”
Funding is available to community groups and charities looking to fund local projects that bring benefits to communities. Anyone can nominate a project and organisations can apply online. To find out more visit www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp.
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