Construction Youth Trust Wales win share of Tesco carrier bag charge fund

The Construction Youth Trust Wales team have recently won £8,000 from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.

The supermarket teamed up with Groundwork on its Bags of Help initiative, which saw grants of £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 – all raised from the 5p bag levy – being awarded to environmental and greenspace projects.

Shoppers were invited to head along to Tesco stores to vote for who they think should take away the top grant, with Construction Youth Trust as one of the groups on the shortlist.

Using the £8,000 grant we plan to work with young locals in partnership with Newydd Housing Association to build a sensory garden in Barry Community Garden. The project will be delivered in March 2017 where the local young people will learn carpentry skills and construct a seating area for the garden.  The course will also involve constructing a sensory garden; beneficiaries on the course will learn about everything from accessibility of the garden, to the textures and smells from certain plants that can be used in a garden so people with sensory loss can enjoy the garden.  There will also be a focus on improving the employability of the young people on the course and they will have the opportunity to achieve a Health & Safety Award and gain a CSCS Card which is a minimum requirement to work on most construction sites. 

Lisa Williams, the Barry Community Garden Manager commented: “We are delighted to be working with Construction Youth Trust on this project to transform an unused corner of the community garden into a sensory garden area for those with sensory loss.  We are looking forward to working with the youths on the project along with our own regular volunteers to provide an exciting and stimulating area within the garden.”

Jemma Bridgeman, Wales Manager, Construction Youth Trust Cymru commented: “We are so pleased to be working with Newydd Housing Association on the sensory garden.  The project will be a fantastic opportunity for young people to learn how intelligent design can help people with sensory loss enjoy a garden”.  

Find out more about the upcoming course, please contact Jemma - jemma.bridgeman@constructionyouth.org.uk / 02920 813098.