Suffolk Family Carers bags £4,000 from the Tesco Community Grants Scheme

Suffolk Family Carers is delighted to announce it has bagged £4,000 from Tesco’s Bags of Help community grant scheme.

Bags of Help is run in partnership with environmental charity Groundwork, and sees grants raised from the sale of carrier bags awarded to thousands of local community projects every year. Since launching in 2015, it’s provided more than £40 million to over 9,700 local community projects.

Hundreds of shoppers have voted in Tesco store in Sudbury and it can now be revealed Suffolk Family Carers has been awarded £4,000.

There are over 18,000 young carers across Suffolk who look after or care for a family member who has a disability, physical or mental illness or misuses drugs and or alcohol. 80% of these young carers provide more than 20 hours of care whilst juggling full-time education or employment. Young carers do an amazing job and often feel very proud of what they do however, burdening the stress and pressure of caring can affect a young person’s health, social life, self-confidence and educational outcomes.

Kirsten Alderson, Suffolk Family Carers Chief Executive, said:

“We are delighted to have won this award and want to thank all the shoppers at the Sudbury store for choosing this project. This grant will be used to support more young carers in Sudbury and across West Suffolk through one-to-one sessions, tailored to their specific needs. By providing activities, we can provide them with a break from home and the opportunity to socialise. We want to also run workshops to enable them to build a sense of self and encourage young carers to have aspirations and goals.”

Alec Brown, Tesco’s Head of Community, comments:

“Bags of Help has been a fantastic success and we’ve been overwhelmed by the response from customers. It’s such a special scheme because it’s local people who decide how the money will be spent in their community. We can’t wait to see the projects come to life.”

Voting ran in stores throughout September and October with customers choosing which local project they would like to get the top award using a token given to them at the checkout.

Tesco customers get the chance to vote for three different groups each time they shop. Every other month, when votes are collected, three groups in each of Tesco’s regions are awarded funding.

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

“Bags of Help continues to enable local communities up and down the UK 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.”