Newport City Council is bidding to bag a cash boost from a Tesco initiative to help Fourteen Locks Canal Centre run a summer project.

The Tesco Bags of Help is a result of the supermarket teaming up with Groundwork to launch its community funding scheme.

Grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 – money raised from the 5p carrier bag sales in Tesco stores – will be up for grabs.

Three groups in every Tesco region have been shortlisted to receive a cash award and shoppers are being invited to vote for who they think should take away the top grant.

The Green Services Team at Newport City Council is one of the groups on the shortlist for the project GoWild@FourteenLocks which will offer free weekly forest school and bushcraft sessions for youngsters as well as a nature themed family fun day all based at Fourteen Locks Canal Centre during the summer holidays.

The weekly session will be particularly suited for children aged 11 and over with each week participants being given the chance to build on skills learnt and to develop a deeper understanding of the natural world and bushcraft skills.

The Family Fun Day will be open to all ages with activities and crafts which will explore the natural environment and give tips on how to look after it.

“This summer programme of activities at Fourteen Locks is a fantastic opportunity for all ages to get to know the natural world a bit better. We hope our local community will vote for us to help us win the top grant” says Centre manager Kate Wickens.

Voting is open in all Tesco stores through March and April and customers can 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 £43 million to more than 10,000 projects up and down the UK.

Alec Brown, head of community at Tesco said: “We are absolutely delighted to open the voting for March and April. There are some fantastic projects on the shortlists and we can’t wait to see these come to life in hundreds of communities.

Groundwork’s national chief executive Graham Duxbury said: “We’ve been thrilled to see the diversity of projects that have applied for funding. 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.

 

Source newport.gov.uk

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