Help Bag a Share of Tesco’s Community Fund

Young Enterprise Scotland are bidding to bag a massive cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help Centenary Grant initiative.

To celebrate Tesco's Centenary, the supermarket has teamed up with Groundwork to deliver a special voting round of its community funding scheme, which will see grants of £25,000, £15,000 and £10,000 awarded to local community projects. Greenspace Scotland is working with Groundwork to provide support to communities in Scotland.

Three groups in each 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.

We are lucky enough to be one of the groups on the shortlist.

The Enterprising Futures project will work with over 700 young people in primary, secondary and additional support needs schools throughout the Highlands and North East Scotland. This includes Secondary pupils who will be supported to set up and run their own business by our local volunteers in the year-long Company Programme.

They will design their own product/service; create branding and marketing and sell to customers online and via local trade fairs.

The Tesco Bags of Help Centenary Grant initiative is a great chance for us raise the profile of our work across the Highlands and North East Scotland and enable more young people to develop the key skills such as resilience, communication and problem solving that will be critical to them in life and work.

Geoff Leask, CEO YE Scotland

Voting for YES is open in all Tesco stores in October, November & December across the Highlands, Islands and North East of the Country. Customers will cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop.

Bags of Help project has already delivered over £75 million to more than 25,000 projects across Britain. Tesco customers get the chance to vote for three different groups every time they shop. Every other month, when votes are collected,three groups in each of Tesco's regions will be awarded funding.

Last year 'Venture' from Fortrose Academy developed and produced a range of products including a Demtia Mitt, Knit your won Mitt Kit and their innovative 'Past Times' game which were a range of products to use with people living with dementia. Venture went on to represent Scotland at the UK Finals in London where they won the Disney Award for Creativity.Malcolm Cochrane Photography

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.

Tony McElroy, Tesco's Head of Communications in Scotland

Grampian: Last year 'Uni-Tee' from Lochside Academy in Aberdeen promoted positivity, love, acceptance and unity through the means of fashion. The products included a range of t-shirts which were upcycled from charity shops or donations that would normally have been thrown away.Malcolm Cochrane Photography

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.

Emma Halliday, Community Enabler Coordinator at greenspace scotland
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About YES

Our Vision is for Scotland to be a place where all young people are given the opportunity to have a rewarding future in work and life - no matter where they start
their journey.

Our Mission is to inspire & equip all young people to learn, develop and reach their full potential through enterprise.

In everything that we do, we will work with the following values: Integrity, Enthusiasm, Creativity & Collaboration.

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