Saddleworth groups bag thousands from Tesco community grant scheme

GENEROUS superstore Tesco is going above and beyond its slogan ‘every little helps’ by giving a boost of thousands of pounds to Saddleworth groups, organisations and schools.

The Bags of Help scheme is run in partnership with environmental charity Groundwork and sees grants awarded to thousands of local community projects every year.

Since launching in 2015, it has provided more than £75 million to more than 25,000 local community projects.

Three groups are shortlisted to receive the cash awards in each region and shoppers are invited to head along to Tesco stores to vote for who they think should take away the top grant.

Customers cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store when they shop.

In the latest round of voting, shoppers at stores at Greenfield and Shaw helped pledge funds to their chosen causes.

Saddleworth RDA has bagged £4,000, while £2,000 went to Saddleworth Sports Youth and Community Association and £1,000 to Incredible Futures Oldham Ltd.

Saddleworth RDA trustees are thrilled that the grant means they can develop their existing facilities at Saddleworth Stables in Diggle to support riders and their families even further.

They said: “We would like to say a massive thank you to Tesco, especially Community Champion Mike and Greg at Groundwork for their support and an enormous thank to everyone who chose us as recipients for their blue tokens.

“The grant will directly benefit our participants and improve their horse riding experiences.

“The support we have received from the local community has been amazing and we have lots of exciting plans for our future development.

“Saddleworth RDA group is thriving and our aim is to provide the very best therapeutic equine experiences for children and adults in our area.”

Meanwhile, Saddleworth Sports Youth and Community Association which runs the Satellite Centre in Greenfield, plans to use its grant to develop their Chat & Brew sessions.

The sessions are held every Thursday from 10.30am to 12.30pm at the centre on Wellington Road and provide a friendly lifeline for locals.

The money will enable them to put in place plans including help from professionals to offer brief monthly inputs on subjects such as wills and power of attorney, personal safety, scam awareness, bereavement support, healthy diets and nutrition.

Incredible Futures Oldham Ltd is a non-profit social enterprise, improving the well-being of people and their local environment through practical action.

The grant will go towards their projects across the community including delivering fresh food to those in need through work with churches, schools and organisations.

Now three new causes are bidding to boost the cash boosts in the next round of voting during May and June: Knowsley Junior School, Saddleworth Outdoor Pursuit Association and StopSO Survivors Greenfield.

Knowsley Junior School, in Springhead, has recently become a Forest School and will use funding to create an outdoor classroom area, a wildlife pond and a sustainable garden area.

This will allow children to have valuable hands-on learning experiences as well as positively impacting on local communities.

Saddleworth Outdoor Pursuit Association want to use the cash boost to improve and maintain their centre in Greenfield to a high standard for use by community and other groups.

And StopSO, based in Ashton-under-Lyne, is a charity offering 1-2-1 therapy in the community to anyone affected by sexual abuse.

• Funding is available to community groups and charities for local projects. Anyone can nominate a project or apply online: www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp

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