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.

“Bereaved fathers are at high risk of experiencing negative long term consequences. These are mainly as a result of trying to cope with the stress alone and as a consequence feeling isolated. Bereaved fathers caring for children following the death of a partner are less likely to address their own support and bereavement care needs. Without the right support the difficulties felt by young men often continue into adulthood and as a consequence impact on health, wellbeing and achievement. The opportunity to join with other bereaved men greatly reduces the sense of 'being alone' and has been shown to actively encourage self-care and positive behaviours. Our experience has shown that bereaved men who actively engage with our service can reduce the need for medication, and bereaved fathers gain skills to support thier children in dealing with their grief.”
Yvonne Gilligan
Chief Executive

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:

Bathrow, Birmingham

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

Corporation Street,Birmingham

Frankley Beeches Rd, Birmingham

Grand Central, Birmingham 

Hagley Road, Birmingham

Oxhill Rd, Handsworth, Birmingham

Hurst Street, Birmingham

Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham

Mailbox, Birmingham

Quinton, 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.

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