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Involve Kent is delighted to announce it has bagged £5,000 from a Tesco funding scheme.

Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its Bags of Help funding initiative, which sees grants of up to £5,000, £2,000 and £1,000 – all raised from the 5p bag levy – being awarded to local outdoor community projects every month.

Millions of shoppers voted in stores up and down the country. And it can now be revealed Involve Kent has been awarded £5,000

Work will now begin on bringing the project to life.

Involve Kent help to build the skills of those with mental health issues or a previous conviction by offering a decorating and gardening service in the Maidstone area. As if that wasn’t enough, the people the service supports are those who struggle to maintain their gardens and homes through ill health, age or disability and cannot afford, or have the support to help. This combination has resulted in a dual purpose project which has had really positive results. For example, linking isolated people in the community with others, reducing vandalising, and providing an opportunity to those who feel marginalised through mental health and previous convictions to train, gain confidence and feel part of the community.

Danny Hewis, Deputy CEO said ‘It’s difficult for local charities to raise their profile enough so people recognise the positive difference you make in the community. Tesco Bags of Help Scheme has shown that people appreciate what we do, and it has raised our profile at the same time. We will be able to train our volunteers, and provide much needed help for those most in need.’

Lindsey Crompton, Tesco’s Head of Community, said:
“Bags of Help has been a fantastic success.
“We been overwhelmed by the response of our customers and it’s been great to give people a say on how the money will be spent in their community. We can’t wait to see the projects come to life.”

Voting ran in stores from 1st December to 31st December with customers choosing which local project they would like to get the top award using a token given to them at the check-out in store.

Since launching in 2015, Bags of Help has awarded more than £25 million across more than 3,000 local projects.

Tesco customers will get the chance to vote for three different groups each month. At the end of each 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:
“It’s just the beginning for Bags of Help and we’re really excited about the future. The scheme will be permanently open for applications, and as grants can now be used for not just the development of, but also for the use of local outdoor spaces, we expect even more groups will now have the chance to benefit.
“It’s projects like these that really help to capture the public’s imagination by illustrating what can be achieved when communities are given the support and the encouragement they need to create better places where they live.”

Funding is available to groups who are seeking to use and develop outdoor spaces in ways that will benefit their local community. Anyone can nominate a local project and local organisations can apply. To find out more visit www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp