St Andrew’s First Aid calls out for votes to bag a share of Tesco’s community fund

St Andrew’s First Aid is bidding to bag a cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.

Tesco works with Groundwork to run its community funding scheme, which sees grants of £2,000, £1,000 and £500 awarded to local community projects. greenspace scotland is working with Groundwork to provide support to communities in Scotland.

Three groups in every Tesco region have been shortlisted to receive the cash award and GLASGOW shoppers are being invited to head along to their local Tesco stores to vote for who they think should take away the top grant.

St Andrew’s First Aid is one of the groups on the voting shortlist for our first aid in schools programme ‘BandAge’.

BandAge is our comprehensive schools programme that teaches essential first aid skills to children and young people. Pupils learn how to respond to different first aid situations, such how and when to contact emergency services; the recovery position; CPR; wound dressings; treating burns and scaulds; bandaging; and managing bleeds and cuts.

Participants who complete the programme will receive a nationally recognised first aid qualification that is valid for 3 years.

After first aid training, a selection of pupils are invited to move onto our development programme to become a Peer Facilitator. Once trained, these Peer Facilitators take an active role in passing their first aid training onto their classmates. For example in one of the schools we have worked with, the current 3rd year Peer Facilitators manage the first aid training of all incoming 1st year pupils.

If young children are equipped with basic first aid skills at an early age, they can become lifelong advocates of first aid, can feel more confident otherwise stressful situations, and make a huge difference within their families and their local community.

St Andrew’s First Aid is Scotland’s only dedicated first aid charity, and we are on a mission to create a nation of life-savers through community first aid talks and demonstrations, first aid in schools programmes, workplace training, youth groups, volunteer programmes, and first aid event cover.

We are creating a nation of life-savers.

Voting is open in Glasgow Tesco stores in April, May and June and customers can cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out each time they shop.
Voting for our first aid in schools programme will be open in the following stores:

  • GLASGOW QUEEN STREET EXP – G1 3DN
  • GLASGOW ST ENOCHS METRO – G1 4BW
  • GLASGOW DUMBARTON EXP – G11 6QQ
  • BYRES ROAD METRO – G12 8AW
  • GLASGOW KNGTSWD METRO – G14 0YU
  • WESTBURN EX – G14 9UY
  • GLASGOW SAUCHL METRO – G2 3HQ
  • SAUCHIEHALL ST GLA EXP – G2 3LW
  • GLASGOW RENFLD ST EXP – G2 5AH
  • GLASGOW HOPE ST EXP – G2 6LL
  • ARGYLE ST GLASGOW EXP – G2 8LY
  • NAPIERHILL GLASGOW EXP – G20 7YA
  • GLASGOW QUEEN EXP – G20 8NX
  • GLASGOW MARYHILL EXTRA – G20 9SH
  • GLASGOW ST ROLLOX EXT – G21 1YL
  • GLASGOW NORTH ST EXP – G3 7DA
  • GLASGOW YORK HILL EXP – G3 8ND
  • GLASGOW OLD DUMBARTON RD – G3 8RB
  • GLASGOW GT WESTERN EXP – G4 9HS

To check the location of any of the above stores, please go to the Tesco website here: www.tesco.com/store-locator/uk

About the Tesco’s Bags of Help scheme

Tesco’s Bags of Help scheme has already provided over £80 million to more than 27,000 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.

Tony McElroy, Tesco’s Head of Communications in Scotland, said: “Bags of Help contributes funds to community projects up and down the country and we’ve been overwhelmed by the response from customers voting in their local stores. We’re looking forward to seeing more projects brought to life.”

Emma Halliday, Community Enabler Coordinator at greenspace scotland, said: “Bags of Help continues to enable local communities up and down Britain to improve the local spaces and places that matter to them. The diversity of projects that are being funded shows that local communities have a passion to create something great in their area. We are pleased to be able to be a part of the journey and provide support and encouragement to help local communities thrive.”

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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