ABC to Read bags £3,000 from Tesco’s community grant scheme

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ABC to Read is delighted to announce that it has bagged £3,000 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 £43 million to over 10,000 local community projects.

Millions of shoppers have voted in Tesco stores up and down the country and for the second time, local reading charity ABC to Read has been chosen to receive a grant.

ABC to Read work with primary school children in Berkshire who have been identified by their schools as struggling most with their reading skills, with many of the schools assigning their pupil premium to provide an ABC to Read mentor. The charity’s model of assigning a volunteer mentor to work with the children on a one-to-one basis is achieving excellent results and leaving teachers and children alike thrilled with their progress.

In its latest annual statistics, 99% of those surveyed reported an improvement in their children’s attitudes to reading, a remarkable 98% demonstrated improvement in reading accuracy and 96% showed improvement in reading comprehension.

Marcia Rowlinson, ABC to Read Chief Operating and Development Officer, said: “As a local charity, it’s even more encouraging that we have been chosen for this grant once again thanks to community votes. We are always on the lookout for schools and volunteers to join us and this grant will help us continue recruitment and training to help children in Berkshire find the fun in reading.”

Alec Brown, Tesco’s Head of Community, 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. We can’t wait to see the projects come to life.”

Voting ran in stores throughout November and December 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.”

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 https://www.tesco.com/carrier-bags/.

There are still spaces available for any new volunteers to take part in the next ABC to Read training sessions in March and for schools to sign up to the scheme. For more information about training days or joining the scheme as a school or volunteer mentor, contact: abctoread@btconnect.com