YMCA Humber’s last call for votes to bag a share of bag charge fund

January 25, 2017

YMCA Humber is making a last call for votes as they bid to bag a massive cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.

Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch the monthly funding scheme, which sees grants of £5,000, £2,000 and £1,000 – all raised from the 5p bag levy – being awarded to local outdoor community projects.

Three groups in every Tesco region have been shortlisted to receive the cash award and this month shoppers are being invited to head along to Tesco stores to vote for who they think should take away the top grant.

YMCA Humber is one of the groups on the shortlist.

Our project will involve the building of the first ever Cob House within North East Lincolnshire within our Community Orchard at Peaks Lane involving the learning and use of building skills used since the 16th Century.

The building of the Cob House will involve our clients and community members being involved in its design and building. They will learn:

  • Joinery skills in order to construct the roof and windows of the Cob House
  • Make the cob and erect the house at the same time learning from experts how recyclable goods such as old washer front doors for example can be used as porthole windows

The Community Orchard project will dramatically improve the impact on the environment at our Peaks Lane site, whilst offering increased community cohesion, better access for hard to reach groups, improving skills in the local community leading to a more sustainable community

Voting is open in stores until 28 January. 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 £24 millionwww.tesco.com/bagsofhelp/ to more than 2,400 projects up and down the UK. Tesco customers get the chance to vote for three different groups each month. At the end of each month, when votes are collected, three groups in each of Tesco’s regions will be awarded funding.

Lindsey Crompton, Head of Community at Tesco, said:

“We are absolutely delighted to open the voting for January. There are some fantastic projects on the shortlists and we can’t wait to see them come to life in hundreds of communities.”

Jenny Follan, Tesco Community Champion, Cleethorpes said:

“We are absolutely delighted that the YMCA Humber has been put forward for our Bags Of Help initiative.

“I look forward to getting Tesco Cleethorpes involved in helping out with the Cob House idea, that will be built in the community orchard at their Peaks Lane Site.”

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.”

The Tesco stores where you can vote are:

  • Tesco Extra Grimsby, Victoria Street
  • Tesco Extra Cleethorpes, Hewitt’s Circus
  • Tesco Express Grimsby Road, Cleethorpes
  • Tesco Express Yarborough Road, Grimsby (Market Hotel)
  • Tesco Express Ashby, Scunthorpe
  • Tesco Extra, Scunthorpe
  • Tesco Express, Winterton Cross Keys
  • Tesco Superstore, Brigg
  • Tesco Superstore, Gainsborough

The Bags of Help scheme is permanently open for applications and anyone can nominate a project at any time – whether it’s Tesco customers, colleagues or the community groups themselves. Just ask in store for more information or visit the Bags of Help website, visit www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp/.

PICTURE | Tesco Bags of Help voting chutes at Tesco Extra, Victoria Street, Grimsby