BVSC and St. Peters Housing Association (Saltley) bag £2,000 from carrier bag charge fund

BVSC and St Peters Housing Association (Saltley) are delighted to announce they’ve bagged £2,000 from a Tesco funding scheme.

Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its Bags of Help funding initiative, which sees grants – raised from the 5p bag levy – being awarded to thousands of local community projects every year.

Millions of shoppers voted in stores up and down the country. And it can now be revealed BVSC and St Peters Housing Association (Saltley) have been awarded £2,000.

Work will now begin on bringing the project to life.

The project involves a number of planned activities, such as; creating a wildlife garden for birds, bees and butterflies, making the area more environmentally friendly and support residents to grow and share plants, fruit and vegetables.

Local schools will also be encouraged to undertake projects in the area helping to sustain and grow the wildlife population.  Through the project there will also be increased physical activity and improved health, increased community cohesion, improved skills in the local community and a more sustainable community!

Stephanie Bloxham, BVSC’s CSR Development Worker, who is leading the project, said:

“We are delighted to have been awarded £2,000 and are very excited to start the project with St Peters Housing Association.  We know how much of a difference this will make to the residents and local community, as well as to the environment.  We look forward to sharing the journey.”

Lindsey Crompton, Tesco’s Head of Community, said:

“Bags of Help has been a fantastic success.

“We’ve been overwhelmed by the response from our customers. The great thing about Bags of Help is that local people are invited to decide how the money will be spent in their community. We can’t wait to see the projects come to life.”

Voting ran in stores throughout May and June with customers choosing which local project they would like to get the top award using a token given to them at the check-out.

Since launching in 2015, Bags of Help has awarded more than £33 million across more than 6,300 local projects.

Tesco customers will get the chance to vote for three different groups each time they shop. Every other month, when votes are collected, three groups in each of Tesco’s regions will be awarded funding.

Bags of Help criteria have recently been extended to include any project that benefits the community. Previously the scheme funded outdoor projects only.

Groundwork’s National Chief Executive, Graham Duxbury, said:

“Bags of Help continues to fund thousands of projects across the UK.  We want to ensure that the money raised benefits as many local people in as many different places as possible so we’ve extended the range of groups and projects that we can support.

“The scale and variety of activities supported by Bags of Helps shows what can be achieved when communities are given the support and the encouragement they need to make change happen in their local area.”

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 http://www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp

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