We’ve Been Nominated for Tesco Bags of Help.

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The Bridge Mentoring Plus Scheme (the Zone) calls out for votes to bag a share of bag fund.

The Bridge Mentoring Plus Scheme (the Zone) is bidding to bag a massive cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.

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 – being 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.

The Bridge Mentoring Plus Scheme (the Zone).

“Inside out project” An inclusive gardening project for wheelchair users and vulnerable people. Building confidence, self esteem, skills and friendships in order to promote well-being. The grant will provide ramps for people with disabilities to access to our small garden area where raised beds will enable wheelchair users (and other vulnerable groups) to grow items of their own choice with the help of a support worker.

The idea for the project came from the service users themselves and they are very excited about the prospect of having an interest that will enable them to have  a weekly activity where they can make new friends and gain new skills.

Voting is open in all Tesco stores throughout September and October. 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 £33 million to more than 6,400 projects up and down the UK. 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:

“We are absolutely delighted to open the voting for September and October. 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:

“We’ve been thrilled to see the diversity of projects that have applied for funding, ranging from outdoor classrooms, sports facilities, community gardens, play areas and everything in between.

“We’re looking forward to learning the results of the customer vote and then supporting each group to bring their project to life.”

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