Edward’s Trust calls out for votes to bag a share of Tesco’s bag fund
Edward’s Trust 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 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.
Edward’s Trust’s ‘Dads and Lads bereavement service is one of the groups on the shortlist.
The Dads and Lads Bereavement service will help men open up and talk about their grief after losing a loved one, reducing feelings of isolation and helping them feel more positive.
Research has provided evidence that bereaved males are more likely to experience long term difficulties as a result of their loss than bereaved females. Young men are more likely to experience social, psychological and behavioural difficulties than their non-bereaved peers. The project will support bereaved dads and adolescent boys (aged 13 to 18) to reduce the isolation experienced when they have had a significant bereavement. If successful with the full amount, we can support monthly group sessions for both “Dads”, and a separate group for “Lads” for a year, plus one-to-one counselling sessions.
Voting is open across all Tesco stores and from 1st January to 28th February, customers will cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop.
You can vote for Edward’s Trust in the following stores:
Bristol Road, Birmingham
Car Lane, Birmingham
Caxton Gate, New St, Birmingham
Colmore Row, Birmingham
Hockley Express, Hall Street, Birmingham
Springhill Superstore, Camden Street, Birmingham
Bristnall Hall Rd, Oldbury, Birmingham
Bourneville, Linden Road, Birmingham
Frankley Beeches Rd, Birmingham
Grand Central, Birmingham
Hagley Road, Birmingham
Oxhill Rd, Handsworth, Birmingham
Hurst Street, Birmingham
Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham
Selly Oak, Bristol Rd, Bournbrook
Unviersity, Aston Street, Birmingham
Weoley Esso Express, Barnes Hill, Birmingham
West Heath, Redhill Road, Birmingham
Tesco’s Bags of Help project has already delivered over £63 million to more than 20,000 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.