Trafford Hard of Hearing Group has made a successful bid 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 every two months.
Trafford Hard of Hearing Group won the most Tesco Bags of Help votes in the latest round of voting in the Altrincham store, receiving a grant of £4,000.
The money will support the continued provision of the group’s weekly lip-reading classes in Altrincham and Stretford, as well as fund the creation of a new website and the updating of their electronic equipment.
David Owen, treasurer of the group, which has recently become a registered charity, said: “We are very grateful to all of the Tesco customers in Altrincham and Hale who voted for us. There are estimated to be eleven million hearing-impaired people in the UK, and with increasing longevity it is a growing problem.
“Our friendly lip-reading classes not only build a valuable communication tool for the public, but also promote social integration for people who may otherwise experience social exclusion through their hearing-impairment, which can be a very lonely condition. If any hearing-impaired person – or a family member – would like further information on joining the group, please contact our publicity officer Jackie Kerr on firstname.lastname@example.org or text 07971 255786.”
The Tesco Bags of Help fund is looking for more local community groups and schools in Altrincham to apply for the funding in time for the next deadline of 23 March 2018. Anyone interested in the funding should contact their local Enabler Liz Edwards on 0161 220 1000 or email@example.com
Liz said: “Each year £42,000 of community funding is allocated in the Altrincham Tesco store alone, and we are looking for Altrincham community groups to apply now for the next round of voting.”
Tesco’s Bags of Help project has already delivered over £43 million to more than 10,000 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.
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 http://www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp