Woodland Adventure Club CIC has been selected to take part in Tesco Bags of Help. Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its community funding scheme, which sees grants of up to £5,000 raised from the 5p bag levy being awarded to local community projects.

Every time you shop at Tesco customers receive a token that allows them to place a vote for the community group of their choice. There are three groups to choose from and at the end of each month, funding is shared out between the chosen projects depending on the number of votes. The highest gets £5,000, second £2,000 and third £1,000. During March, the Woodland Adventure Club is one of the selected community groups that people can vote for, with the proceeds directly benefiting the children of Woodside School in Amersham and other nearby schools.

The scheme runs at the two Tesco stores in Amersham, as well as Little Chalfont, Gerrards Cross, High Wycombe, Chalfont St Peter, Princes Risborough and more.

Woodland Adventure Club (WAC) formed in Amersham in 2016 to provide a broad range of outdoor activities for children and adults. WAC provides school-time sessions, after school and holiday clubs for children from 4 to 14. Thanks to the Bags of Help Scheme, WAC aims to secure funding for equipment, grounds improvement and providing bursaries to enable more children to take part.

Founder, Jack Gocher, explains, “In the Woodland Adventure Club, children learn to solve problems, make their own decisions and take acceptable risks through a range of fun and challenging outdoor activities. Based on Forest School, sessions offer children the opportunity to understand boundaries (both physical and social), use tools appropriately and enjoy the time to explore their environment and be more in touch with nature. Activities are designed to stimulate their imagination, giving them experiences and skills they can transfer into all aspects of life. Being outside and moving around is good for children of all ages. It’s what they’re designed to do!”

He continues, “Most of all – our sessions are FUN! Children experience the buzz that you can only get from spending lots of quality time outdoors, getting muddy, building dens and simply enjoying nature and life.”

Dorota Milner is Headteacher at Woodside Junior School in Amersham where Woodland Adventure Club is based. “We are very fortunate to have an area of woodland within our school grounds that provides a safe and stimulating environment for children to enjoy Forest School. As well as thoroughly enjoying being in the woods, we have seen the benefit in many of the children’s improved behaviour, socialising and even learning when back in the classroom. We are also happy that as part of the Woodland Adventure Club project we are able to include children from other schools to enjoy the wonderful outdoor environment Woodside has to offer.”

Voting is open in stores throughout March and April. Customers will 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 £27 million to more than 3,500 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.

Lindsey Crompton, Head of Community at Tesco, said: “We are absolutely delighted to open the voting for March and April. There are some fantastic projects on the shortlists and we can’t wait to see them 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 www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp

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