The Dorothy Parkes Centre 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 £52 million to over 16,000 local community projects.
Millions of shoppers have voted in Tesco stores up and down the country and it can now be revealed The Dorothy Parkes Centre has been awarded £4,000.
Work will now begin on bringing the project to life.
The Dorothy Parkes Centre is a community centre based in Smethwick and aims to help address local needs by providing, or hosting, a wide range of activities and services for children and adults. The centre boasts a large hall, foyer, meeting rooms and kitchen and this grant will fund the complete decoration of all walls and ceilings throughout the centre.
Robert Bruce, Chief Executive Officer at the centre, said:
“This is brilliant news and it is great to come first in a public vote. We would like to thank everybody who supported our application and voted for us in Tesco stores. This funding will enable us to decorate the centre and give it a much needed face-lift. This is all part of our objective to provide the local community with a centre that they can be proud of.”
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 March and April 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 the UK 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.