Ashfield Children's Centres are bidding to bag a massive cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative, a community grant scheme where money raised by the 5p bag charge funds local community projects.
The Children’s Centres run by Nottinghamshire Children and Families Partnership, a partnership between Nottinghamshire Healthcare, Family Action and North Nottinghamshire College, applied for a grant for their project, “The Big Day Out”. It includes a five-week preparation family learning course for local families, leading to an outing to Sherwood Pines Forest Park available to the wider community, thereby creating a sense of unity across the community and peer support amongst local families.
The preparation course will focus on strategies for coping with children throughout holiday periods, cheap and easy play ideas, as well as improving adults’ confidence in learning.
Three groups in every Tesco region are shortlisted to receive cash awards of £4,000, £2,000 or £1,000 for local projects that bring benefits to the community. Customers will use a token given to them at the checkout in store each time they shop to vote for who they think should take away the top grant.
Ashfield Children’s Centres were delighted to hear they had been shortlisted in their region’s group and hopes the local community will get behind them and vote.
Customers can vote at:
Tesco Express, Annesley Road, Hucknall
Tesco Extra, Ashgate Road, Hucknall
Michelle Squires, Community Development Worker for Hucknall Children’s Centre, said: “Lots of families find it difficult to have an affordable day out with their children and aren’t aware of free, local places to go. Some families also often struggle to think of cheap and easy ways to keep their children busy during holiday periods and we hope this funding will help families to come together, learn new skills and get to know more people in their community.”
Voting is open in stores throughout May and June.
Lindsey Crompton, Head of Community at Tesco, said:
“We are absolutely delighted to open the voting for May and June. There are some fantastic projects on the shortlists and we can’t wait to see them come to life in hundreds of communities.”