Streatham Youth and Community Trust are bidding for a cash boost from the Tesco Community Grants initiative. Tesco works with community charity Groundwork to run its community funding scheme, which sees grants of up to £1,500, £1,000 and £500 awarded to local community projects.
Three groups in every community 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.
Streatham Youth and Community Trust is one of the groups on the shortlist. The project they are asking the public to support is the Streatham Vale Park Holiday Camp which will provide a safe, welcoming environment to the young people of Streatham and will encourage young people from the local area to actively participate in a wide range of activities.
The activities on offer will include arts and crafts,, jewellery making, T-Shirt painting and mask making. There is also games and sport such as football, rounders, skittle ball, and basketball. We also arrange several excursions to rural England and activity centres. We also offer activities such as competitions and quizzes, board games and cookery.
Many of the young people who will attend are from single parent families or families who can’t afford childcare during the summer. The summer project will offer them on site activities and excursions promoting interaction with other young people of the same age. The project is free to young people. Streatham Vale Park Manager, Tanika Hibbert says ‘We are grateful for all the support we receive from the Community and from Tesco’.
Voting is open in all Tesco stores from early July until the end of September and customers will cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out each time they shop.
Tesco’s Community Grants scheme has already awarded over £100 million to more than 50,000 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.
Claire De Silva, Head of Community at Tesco, said: “Tesco Community Grants help support local good causes but especially those projects supporting young people, those providing food, and local causes close to our colleagues’ hearts.”
Groundwork’s National Chief Executive, Graham Duxbury, said: “Tesco Community Grants continues to give local projects the boost they need to help their communities thrive. By funding services which support young people and reduce food poverty, we hope to facilitate positive change from the ground up across the UK. We are pleased to have been able to help so many local good causes over the years and look forward to seeing what community organisations can achieve in the future with the right resources.”
Funding is available to community groups and charities looking to fund local projects that bring benefits to communities, particularly those helping to provide food and giving children the support they need for a good start in life. Anyone can nominate a project and organisations can apply online. To find out more visit www.tesco.com/communitygrants.