OutLET: Play Resource calls out for votes to bag a share of bag charge fund
OutLET: Play Resource C.I.C 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 – all raised from the 5p bag levy – being awarded to local community projects. greenspace scotland is working with Groundwork to provide support to communities in Scotland.
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.
OutLET: Play Resource is one of the groups on the shortlist.
The ‘Wild Time Forest School’ programme provides a safe environment for children to build their confidence, self- esteem and resilience while exploring the natural environment.
Since starting Lesmahagow in September 2016 – Wild Time Forest School has worked with over 60 children, many of these children have additional support needs. The Child-led ethos of Forest School environment provides a ‘Level-playing field’ for all children, allowing then to follow their own interests and explore in their own way.
Jackie, Founder of OutLET: Play Resource says ‘Forest School is a long term, inspirational process that really allows children the space to fulfill their potential. It enables children (and volunteers) to take risks and to challenge themselves in ways that they haven’t done before.
The funding from ‘Tesco – Bags of Help’ will enable us to not only sustain Wild Time Forest School in Lesmahagow, but to expand the Forest School programme to Lanark. We are incredibly excited to have this opportunity!’
Voting is open in stores throughout May and June. 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 £28.5 million to more than 4,000 projects up and down the UK. 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.
Tony McElroy, Tesco’s Head of Communications in Scotland, 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.”
Emma Halliday, Community Enabler Coordinator at greenspace scotland, 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.”
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