Tesco Bags of Help

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Citizens Advice New Forest  bags £4,000 from Tesco’s community grant scheme

Citizens Advice New Forest is delighted to announce it has bagged £4,000 from Tesco’s Bags of Help community grant scheme.

Bags of Help is run in partnership with environmental charity Groundwork, and sees grants raised from the sale of carrier bags awarded to thousands of local community projects every year. Since launching in 2015, it’s provided more than £63 million to over 20,000 local community projects.

Millions of shoppers have voted in Tesco stores up and down the country and it can now be revealed Citizens Advice New Forest  has been awarded £4,000.

Work will now begin on bringing the project to life.

Citizens Advice New Forest will now commence the purchase and upgrading of new portable computer equipment to support their offices in Hythe and Totton to enable them to enhance services delivered to its clients locally and provide additional outreach into the Waterside area

Alison Talbot, Chief Officer, Citizens Advice New Forest said:

“We thank TESCO customers in our local community for voting to provide our volunteers with up to date equipment to enable them to make an impact and service the growing demand in the local community.”


Alec Brown, Tesco’s Head of Community, said:

“Bags of Help has been a fantastic success and we’ve been overwhelmed by the response from customers. It’s such a special scheme because it’s local people who decide how the money will be spent in their community. We can’t wait to see the projects come to life.”

Voting ran in stores throughout September and October with customers choosing which local project they would like to get the top award using a token given to them at the checkout.

Tesco customers get the chance to vote for three different groups each time they shop. Every other month, when votes are collected, three groups in each of Tesco’s regions are awarded funding.

Groundwork’s National Chief Executive, Graham Duxbury, said:

“Bags of Help continues to enable local communities up and down Britain to improve the local spaces and places that matter to them. The diversity of projects that are being funded shows that local communities have a passion to create something great in their area. We are pleased to be able to be a part of the journey and provide support and encouragement to help local communities thrive.”

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.