Tesco Bags of Help Initiative

Construction Youth Trust calls out for votes to bag a share of a £12.5million carrier bag charge fund

Tesco has teamed up with Groundwork on its Bags of Help initiative in hundreds of regions across England and Wales. The scheme will see three community groups and projects in each of these regions awarded grants of £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 – all raised from the 5p bag charge.

Our Budding Builders Community Garden project in Wales has been shortlisted for the public vote in stores from 26th Sept - 9th October.

Bags of Help offers community groups and projects in each of Tesco’s 416 regions across the UK a share of revenue generated from the 5p charge levied on single-use carrier bags. The public will now vote in store from 26 September to 9 October on who should receive the £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 awards. In total, there is over £12.5 million up for grabs. 

Jemma Bridgeman our Wales Manager commented: “We are so grateful to Tesco’s Bags of Help for funding our project - we are planning to build a sensory garden.  Not only will young people learn construction to help them gain employment, they will learn about the disabilities some people face and how design can help people with disabilities such as sight loss enjoy a beautiful garden”.

With the minimum funding of £8,000, the money will be used to work with eight young people from the local area in Barry, who are currently not in education, employment or training. Our experienced Construction Trainer will work with the young people over 4 weeks (40 hours in total) teaching them practical construction skills and Health & Safety. The young people will use their new skills to work alongside Barry Community Garden volunteer sto improve the community garden, including paving, creating raised beds, seating and a table. 

Through matched funding, the young people will also have the opportunity to gain qualifications, including Level 1 Health & Safety in the Construction Environment (Open College Network accredited) and their Construction Skills Certification Scheme Health & Safety card. 

The Community Garden is a popular location in Barry, with over 50 visitors and volunteers each month. It is managed by Newydd Housing Association, who lease the land from the Vale of Glamorgan Council.  Newydd and the volunteers who run the Community Garden have identified the need for:

  • increasing participation by young people aged 16-30 (there are visits to the Community Garden from younger children and from older adults but a lack of participation in this age group)
  • increasing the skills, qualifications and self-esteem of local young people who are not in training, education or employment
  • improving the resources within the Community Garden, by adding bee boxes and raised beds. Other improvements which have been identified include paving the polytunnel area 

The completion of the Budding Builders project will directly contribute towards achieving these outcomes for the local community.

The public vote is open in Tesco stores 26 Sept - 9 Oct - help us secure a Bags of Help grant!