21 August 2018
Actif Woods Aberystwyth is bidding to bag a massive cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative, with grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 raised from carrier bag sales in Tesco stores. Three community projects 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.
Actif Woods Aberystwyth is one of the groups on the shortlist. The programme helps adults in Ceredigion to improve their health and wellbeing through woodland activities. It is part of the Actif Woods Wales programme which is run across Wales by Coed Lleol, the Small Woods Association in Wales. Activities include woodland walks, bushcraft, conservation, campfire cooking, foraging, mindfulness and more. Adults qualify to take part in if they are aged 25 + and long-term unemployed or economically inactive, AND a carer, experiencing a health condition or aged over 54. There are three woodland groups in Ceredigion:
- Woodland Walkers (Wednesdays),
- MIND Aberystwyth Woodland Group (Thursdays)
- Tai Ceredigion housing scheme sessions (Fridays)
To find out more and get involved visit: www.coedlleol.org.uk/actif-woods-groups/aberystwyth
Amie Andrews, Coed Lleol Manager said: ‘Woodlands offer tangible benefits to all, particularly people with work limiting health conditions. Actif Woods Aberystwyth supports woodland health and wellbeing activities for adults that nurture community, confidence, skill development, exercise and environmental awareness. Crucially these woodland opportunities change people’s lives’.
Voting is open in all Tesco stores in from Saturday 1st September to Wednesday 31st October 2018 and customers will cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop. Vote for Actif Woods Aberystwyth in the following Aberystwyth Tesco Stores:
Tesco’s Bags of Help project, supported by Groundwork, has already delivered over £56 million to more than 16,000 projects across Britain. Alec Brown, Head of Community at Tesco, 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.”
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.