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Venture Out calls out for votes to bag a share of Tesco’s bag fund

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  • 11 Apr 2018
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Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council’s Venture Out programme 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 up to £4,000, up to £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.

Venture Out is one of the groups on the shortlist.

Venture Out is a twelve week recovery programme which aims to improve health & wellbeing and social integration for clients who are suffering or recovering from mental health issues.

Venture Out provides four activity days a week, the day’s has been designed to suit  clients with a range of  abilities, these activities can be climbing/abseiling,  canoeing, cycling, gorge walking, hill walking & map reading and camp craft/survival.

Other activities include visits to places of historical interest, museums, country parks, castles, archery, walking, arts & craft projects and employment training courses.

Venture Out provides support with transport in order to ensure that everyone can access the activities. Venture Out will also give clients the opportunity to develop their personal social and life skills. 

Here are some quotes from service users from the Venture Out programme.

  • “I have suffered with Mental Health issues for a number of years and tried several courses, I believe Venture Out is the best medicine for my mental health & wellbeing. “
  • ”Fantastic life changing, confidence building programme, it’s the best thing I have done since becoming ill. My trip to Snowdon was one of the best experiences in my life.”

Voting is open in all Tesco stores throughout March and April. 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 £40 million to 9,700 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. 

Alec Brown, Head of Community at Tesco, said:

 “We are absolutely delighted to open the voting for March and April. 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:

 “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 .

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