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Young at Heart bags £5,000 from carrier bag charge fund

Tesco grant

Shoppers in Stoke-on-Trent have helped Young at Heart win a £5,000 grant after voting it into first place in the Bags of Help funding initiative.

Bags of Help awards grants to thousands of local community projects each year. The money is raised from the 5p carrier bag levy. Voting ran in stores throughout March and April with customers choosing which local project they would like to get the top award using a token given to them at the check-out. And it can be revealed that Young at Heart came in first place in its region.

The grant will be used for Young at Heart's Community Gardening scheme which sees volunteers visit older people to help them maintain their gardens. The volunteers visit older people who struggle to maintain their property to help with tasks such as weeding, mowing the lawn or planting seeds.

The residents are encouraged to get involved, helping them gain confidence while boosting their physical activity through gentle gardening. As well as enhancing the outside space, the scheme helps improve the safety of the property, and the volunteers offer a friendly face to chat to or share a cup of tea with.

Matt Ford, Development Officer for Young at Heart, said, “We are thrilled that shoppers decided to help older people locally by voting for us. It will help us make a real difference to the older people we support. The groups, activities, trips out and home visits all mean so much to them.” 

Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch Bags of Help in 2015. Since then it has awarded more than £28.5 million across more than 4,000 local projects. 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


Young at Heart supports isolated and lonely older people in Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire. The project runs friendship groups, lunch clubs, activities and trips out to help older people get out and about, meet people and make friends. To find out more, visit the Young at Heart pages on this website.

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