Emergency grants from Tesco have supported 33 local community groups impacted by the pandemic.

London, UK. 21 November, 2019. Donations are made at the launch of the Tesco Food Collection in the Surrey Quays Extra store.

Thirty-three community groups across South Devon have benefitted from Tesco’s COVID-19 Community Fund since the start of lockdown, with £16,500 going towards local projects.

Through its Bags of Help initiative, Tesco donated £500 to organisations that support vulnerable groups in Torbay, Teignbridge and the South Hams.

This included support for organisations that have experienced increased demand or disruption to their services as a result of lockdown, or to fund new community services.

Groups in South Devon that have benefitted include Ellacombe Community Partnership, Preston Community Preschool, Totnes Caring and the 4th Teignmouth Scout Troop.

Claire De Silva, Head of Community at Tesco, said: “Due to the sustained need for the emergency support we’ve seen from community groups, we took the decision to extend the deadline for the £500 grant scheme beyond the original 12-week mark, and we’ve been really impressed by the number of groups we’ve been able to help locally.

“It’s excellent to see that the grants have helped support thousands of groups across the UK.

“Over the next few months, we’ve extended our Bags of Help funding round this year to youth groups, which could qualify for some financial support to the tune of £1,000.”

Youth groups that can apply include those supporting mental health, offering outdoor and educational activities, helping young carers, providing bereavement counselling, and assisting those in poverty or at risk.

On the additional round for youth groups, Rhodri Evans, Tesco communications m manager for the South West, said: “Although the £500 grants have made a real difference to a range of charities, we’ve extended our support further. Young people have been among those most impacted by the pandemic, with schools closing and many missing out on all-important services impacted by lockdown.

“That’s why we’re encouraging any groups in South Devon working to support children and young people, to apply for this new funding. We hope it can make a real difference to the lives of many.”

Over the past six months the grants, which form part of the retailer’s £30million package of support more than 8,000 groups across the UK, have totalled over £4million.

The grants process is managed through Tesco’s partner charity Groundwork’s website. Any groups that would benefit from this funding are encouraged to apply here: www.tescobagsofhelp.org.uk

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