DINGWALL Men’s Shed is bidding to bag a 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 £4000, raised from carrier bag sales in Tesco stores, being 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.
Dingwall Men’s Shed is one of the groups on the shortlist.
“We are wanting to create and develop a workshop and friendly social facility for our members to undertake woodworking/metalworking tasks and other skill-sharing and intergenerational craft activities.
“As a Charitable Organisation we are not cash-rich and, in order to continue the start we have made in developing the Men’s Shed in Dingwall, we need financial support. The Tesco Bags of Help Scheme provides a lifeline to organisations such as ours.”
Voting is open in all Tesco stores throughout September and October. 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 £33 million to more than 6,400 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.
Tony McElroy, Tesco’s head of communications in Scotland, said: “We are absolutely delighted to open the voting for September and October. There are some fantastic projects on the shortlists and we can’t wait to see these come to life in hundreds of communities.”
Emma Halliday, community enabler coordinator at greenspace scotland, 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
They are having an open day for Dingwall Men’s Shed at the Scout Hut on Saturday, September 9 from 10am to 4 pm.