Age UK Somerset is bidding to bag a cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.

Tesco Bags of Help

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 - being awarded to local community projects. 

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.

Di Ramsay, Ageing Well Manager, casting her vote

Age UK Somerset is one of the groups on the shortlist.  The project they are hoping to get votes and win money for is about tackling loneliness and the health and wellbeing of Older People in Somerset and North Somerset through providing activity sessions to bring people together to make new friends. 

Dianne Ramsay, Manager of the Ageing Well scheme for the local charity said “We are delighted to have this opportunity.  With the help of the public we can create more opportunities for older people to join in our Ageing Well sessions and improve their health and wellbeing, as well as preventing loneliness and isolation  of more older people.”

Voting is open in the following Tesco stores throughout September and October -  Yeovil, Minehead, Taunton, Chard, Ilminster, Langport, Glastonbury, Wells, Nailsea and Portishead.  

Customers will be able to cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop. 

Tesco’s Bags of Help project has already delivered over £33 million to more than 6,400 projects up and down the UK. 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.

Alec Brown, Head of Community at Tesco, said:

 “We are absolutely delighted to open the voting for September and October. There are some fantastic projects on the shortlists and we can’t wait to see these come to life in hundreds of communities.”

Groundwork’s National Chief Executive, Graham Duxbury, said: 

 “We’ve been thrilled to see the diversity of projects that have applied for funding, ranging from outdoor classrooms, sports facilities, community gardens, play areas and everything in between.

“We’re looking forward to learning the results of the customer vote and then supporting each group to bring their project to life.”

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