Help St Helens Mind When You Shop At Tesco

St Helens Mind calls out for votes to get a share of Tesco’s Community Grants fund

Local, independent charity, St.Helens Mind is bidding for a cash boost from the Tesco Community Grants initiative. Tesco works with community charity Groundwork to run its community funding scheme, which sees grants of up to £1,500, £1,000, and £500 awarded to local community projects.

Three groups in every community 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.

St.Helens Mind is one of the groups on the shortlist. You can get your tokens when you shop at Tesco Express at Windle Island, Bowness Avenue and Tesco Extra in St.Helens.
‘A Place to Grow’ is St.Helens Mind’s fabulous allotment. The thriving plot is a great place for people to go to engage with nature, proven to be beneficial for both physical and mental wellbeing. The group, headed by Peter Teasdale, the Project worker aims to support members to gain an insight into growing their own fruit, vegetables, herbs, and flowers.

Every penny donated towards the project will go to maintain the site; particularly to replace the aging polytunnel to enable the charity to continue to grow seedlings, fruit, and vegetables to benefit their members.

Manager, Gill Ellison-Cropper says: “It might surprise readers that we are here to help the wider community and not just people with a diagnosis of a mental illness. We aim to provide a place, at the allotment, for any adult who feels they would benefit from the fresh air, company, learning something new, and a change of scenery. Every penny really helps in our tiny charity making massive things.”

Allotment member, Julie tells us:
“Being on the allotment is important to me. I enjoy going and being involved. Being there helps me with my low moods, depression, sleep, confidence, loneliness, worries and physical health. Going there makes me feel happy, good, proud, helpful, needed, glad and keeps me calm. I have made friends which I wouldn’t have made, grown veggies which I wouldn’t have grown, got the fresh air I wouldn’t have got and being in the fresh air helps me to sleep at night”.

Voting is open in all Tesco stores in January, February and March and customers will cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out each time they shop.
Tesco’s Community Grants scheme has already provided over £90 million to more than 40,000 projects across Britain. Tesco customers get the chance to vote for three different groups every time they shop. Every three months, when votes are collected, three groups in each of Tesco’s regions will be awarded funding.

Claire De Silva, Head of Community at Tesco, said: “Tesco Community Grants help support local good causes but especially those projects supporting young people, those providing food, and local causes close to our colleagues’ hearts.”

Groundwork’s National Chief Executive, Graham Duxbury, said: “Tesco Community Grants continues to give local projects the boost they need to help their communities thrive. By funding services which support young people and reduce food poverty, we hope to facilitate positive change from the ground up across the UK. We are pleased to have been able to help so many local good causes over the years and look forward to seeing what community organisations can achieve in the future with the right resources.”

Funding is available to community groups and charities looking to fund local projects that bring benefits to communities, particularly those helping to provide food and giving children the support they need for a good start in life. Anyone can nominate a project and organisations can apply online. To find out more visit

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