Alive & Kickin calls out for votes to bag a share of Tesco’s Bag Fund

Alive & Kickin calls out for votes to bag a share of Tesco’s bag fund

BUSC’s Alive & Kickin 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 £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 raised from carrier bag sales in Tesco stores awarded to local community projects. greenspace scotland is working with Groundwork to provide support to communities in Scotland.

Three groups in every 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.

Alive & Kickin’s Invigor8 is one of the groups on the shortlist.

Invigor8 is a programme devised to encourage the participants to try new sports and learn new skills.  Each calendar month we work on a new activity for a session lasting one hour.  Participants have an input to which activities they would like to learn.

Co-ordinator Leigh Lauder, said:

“Our participants turn up with a cant do attitude but after trying a sport or activity for a few weeks they become comfortable and improve their skill levels.  This only improves confidence and we see smiles on peoples faces, which is great to see.”

Voting is open in all Tesco stores in Bathgate and East Calder. 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 £63 million to more than 20,000 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.

Tony McElroy, Tesco’s Head of Communications in Scotland, said:

“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. There are some fantastic projects on the shortlists and we can’t wait to see these come to life in hundreds of communities.”

Emma Halliday, Community Enabler Coordinator at greenspace scotland, said:

“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.”

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