We’re bidding to bag a massive cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative for our ‘Green Action’ outdoor employability programme in Falkirk!
We’re one of three groups in the Falkirk region to have been shortlisted to receive the cash award, and shoppers can head along to Tesco stores to vote for us to take away the top grant.
What is bags of help?
Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its community funding scheme, Bags of Help, which sees grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 – all raised from the 5p bag levy – being awarded to local community projects. greenspace scotland is working with Groundwork to provide support to communities in Scotland.
What is Green Action?
Our Green Action employability programme helps unemployed 16-25 year olds in the Falkirk area. The 12-week programmes help young participants, who are facing barriers to employment, to learn practical conservation skills along Falkirk’s canal network.
Scottish Waterways Trust Chief Executive Karen Moore said:
We are delighted our Green Action programme has been shortlisted to receive an award from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative. With the award, we hope to provide learning opportunities for young people in the community who are not in education, employment or training. As well as boosting their confidence and gaining awards and certificates, young volunteers help to sustain Falkirk’s rich waterways heritage and biodiversity for local people to enjoy.
Green Action has helped over 400 young people in Falkirk since it began, and this funding would allow us to offer outdoor learning opportunities to even more young people.
As well as gaining CV-boosting awards and certificates such as Employability, John Muir and Saltire Awards, young people the build vital self-confidence needed to get on the path to work.
Tony McElroy, Tesco’s Head of Communications in Scotland, said:
We are absolutely delighted to open the voting for July and August. There are some fantastic projects on the shortlists and we can’t wait to see them 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.
You can vote for us in the Bonnybridge Express, Camelon Express, Falkirk, Falkirk Grahams Road and Falkirk Redding Road stores.
Voting is open throughout July and August. Customers will cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop.