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Amesbury Good Neighbours Scheme calls out for votes to bag a share of Tesco’s community fund

by | Feb 5, 2020 | News

A local Link Scheme in Amesbury, with support from Community First, is bidding to bag a cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative. Tesco works with Groundwork to run its community funding scheme, which sees grants of £2,000, £1,000 and £500 awarded to local community projects.

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

Amesbury Good Neighbours Scheme is one of the groups on the shortlist. The service aims to provide community organising activities to create a Good Neighbours Network in Amesbury which will offer a helping hand to others by volunteers in the local community.

Harry Tipple, Head of Community and Business Development at Community First said:

“The creation of a new Good Neighbours scheme in Amesbury will make a huge difference to people who are at risk of isolation. The new service will offer support with tasks around the home and garden allowing more people to remain independent in their own homes. We welcome this fantastic funding opportunity from Tesco Bags of Help. Please do vote for Amesbury Good Neighbours Scheme in your local Tesco stores in Durrington and Amesbury.”

Voting is open in Tesco Durrington and Amesbury stores between 1st January – 31st March 2020 and customers will cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out each time they shop.

Tesco’s Bags of Help scheme has already provided over £80 million to more than 27,000 projects across Britain. Tesco customers get the chance to vote for three different groups every time they shop. Every three months, when votes are collected, three groups in each of Tesco’s regions will be awarded funding.

David Page, Head of Community at Tesco, said:

“Bags of Help contributes funds to community projects up and down the country and we’ve been overwhelmed by the response from customers voting in their local stores. We’re looking forward to seeing more projects brought to life.”

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

“Bags of Help continues to enable local communities up and down Britain 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

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