Burnley community groups supported with £500 Tesco grants

Community groups in Burnley have been benefitting from a Covid-19 fund set up at the start of lockdown.
Tesco provided a single payment of £500 to organisationsTesco provided a single payment of £500 to organisations
Tesco provided a single payment of £500 to organisations

Through its Bags of Help initiative, and as part of the retailer's emergency response in supporting local communities, Tesco provided a single payment of £500 to organisations which support vulnerable groups.

Organisations in Burnley include Whittlefield Primary School, West End (Burnley) CIC, Emmaus Burnley, Participation Works NW, Volunteer Burnley, Lancashire Women, Safenet Domestic Abuse and Support Services, Burnley FC in the Community, Charter House Activity Centre and St John's C of E Primary School.

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During the last six months, the grants, which form part of the retailer's £30m. package of support to help local communities tackling the coronavirus outbreak, have helped to support in excess of 8,000 groups across the UK, totalling more than £4m.

While the £500 funding has come to an end, the supermarket is now announcing a further extension to its Bags of Help initiative over the next two months, which will see it give away £1,000 grants to support youth groups across the region.

Organisations that can apply include those supporting mental health, offering outdoor and educational activities, helping young carers, providing bereavement counselling, and assisting those in poverty or at risk.

Claire De Silva, head of community at Tesco, said: "Due to the sustained need for the emergency support we've seen from local community groups, we took the decision to extend the deadline for the £500 grant scheme beyond the original 12-week mark, and we've been really impressed with the number of groups we've been able to help locally.

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"It's excellent to see that the grants have helped support thousands of groups across the UK.

"Over the next few months, we've extended our Bags of Help funding round this year to youth groups, which could qualify for some financial support to the tune of £1,000."

On the additional round for youth groups, David Ford, local communications manager at Tesco in the North, said: “Although the £500 grants have made a real difference to a range of charities, we've extended our support further.

"Young people have been among those most impacted by the pandemic, with schools closing and many missing out on all-important services impacted by lockdown.

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“That's why we're encouraging any groups in the area, working to support children and young people, to apply for this new funding. We hope it can make a real difference to the lives of many.”

The process is managed through Tesco's partner charity Groundwork’s website. Any groups that would benefit from this funding are encouraged to apply here www.tescobagsofhelp.org.uk

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