Disability charity, United Response, is delighted to announce it has bagged £3,970 from Tesco’s Bags of Help community grant scheme.

Bags of Help is run in partnership with environmental charity Groundwork, and sees grants raised from the sale of carrier bags awarded to thousands of local community projects every year. Since launching in 2015, it’s provided more than £40 million to over 9,700 local community projects.

Millions of shoppers have voted in Tesco stores up and down the country and it can now be revealed United Response has been awarded £3,970.

Work will now begin on bringing the project to life.

United Response is a national charity supporting people with learning disabilities, physical disabilities and mental health needs to live in the community.

The charity recently took on a large plot of land in the St George area of Bristol with the ambition of turning it into an allotment to be shared by people across the community. The Tesco grant will enable United Response to transform the plot into a manageable allotment, with accessible pathways and a welcoming community area. 

Nadine Hurt, United Response Service Manager, said:

“We are absolutely thrilled with this award, which will enable us to develop a place for people throughout the community to volunteer and grow together. The United Response Community Allotment will offer a chance for the most disadvantaged in society to gain employment skills through volunteering and improve both the physical and mental wellbeing of those involved. We would like to say a big thank you to Tesco for giving us this wonderful opportunity.”

Alec Brown, Tesco’s Head of Community, said:

“Bags of Help has been a fantastic success and we’ve been overwhelmed by the response from customers. It’s such a special scheme because it’s local people who decide how the money will be spent in their community. We can’t wait to see the projects come to life.”

Voting ran in stores throughout September and October with customers choosing which local project they would like to get the top award using a token given to them at the checkout.

Tesco customers get the chance to vote for three different groups each time they shop. Every other month, when votes are collected, three groups in each of Tesco’s regions are awarded funding.

Groundwork’s National Chief Executive, Graham Duxbury, said: 

“Bags of Help continues to enable local communities up and down the UK to improve the local spaces and places that matter to them. The diversity of projects that are being funded shows that local communities have a passion to create something great in their area. We are pleased to be able to be a part of the journey and provide support and encouragement to help local communities thrive.”

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.