Gordon Rural Action hopes to bag a share of Tesco fund

Tesco Ellon
Tesco Ellon

Gordon Rural Action is bidding to bag a massive cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.

Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its community funding scheme, which sees grants of up to £4,000 raised from carrier bag sales in Tesco stores awarded to local community projects.

Three groups have been shortlisted to receive the cash award at Tesco Ellon and shoppers are being invited to vote for who they think should take away the top grant.

Gordon Rural Action is one of the groups on the shortlist and it provides free, confidential, impartial and independent advice on a range of issues with an aim to improve the quality of life for individuals within local communities.

The ‘Supporting Our People’ project will train staff and volunteers in its Ellon Advice Centre to help people in the local community with advice in areas such as debt, homelessness, entitlement to benefits, employment and relationship issues.

Laura Craig, Senior Advice Worker for Gordon Rural Action said: “We were delighted to be chosen for this scheme not only because of the funding which is a great boost but also because it helps us to raise awareness in Ellon which will allow us to support more clients and attract volunteers.”

Voting is open in all Tesco stores throughout January and February.

Customers will cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop.

Tesco’s Bags of Help project has already delivered over £40 million to 9,700 projects up and down the UK.

Tony McElroy, Tesco’s Head of Communications in Scotland, said: “We are absolutely delighted to open the voting for January and February. There are some fantastic projects on the shortlists and we can’t wait to see these come to life in hundreds of communities.”

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.