Tesco Bags of Help


We need your help!!! Please vote for us!!!!!!!!!! Pick up your blue token when you do your Tesco shop and pop it in our box.

Your support can help us set up another group

More info below

Home-Start Medway calls out for votes to bag a share of Tesco’s bag fund

Home-Start Medway is bidding to bag a massive cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.

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 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.

Home-Start Medway is one of the groups on the shortlist.
We support families with at least one child under the age of 5. One of our challenges is being able to meet the needs of families across the Medway area, and we need help to do this by raising funds to extend our support and introduce Play Away, so we can set up more groups across Medway. These groups support parents/carers and their children, helping to reduce isolation, loneliness, improve fine and gross motor skills of the children by introducing fun activities and help with parenting issues as they occur. These groups also offer an opportunity for peer and group support.

‘Play Away’ making our parent and children group mobile and accessible to all areas of Medway
Voting is open in all Tesco stores in November & December and 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 £63 million to more than 20,000 projects across Britain. 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:
“Bags of Help has been a fantastic success and we’ve been overwhelmed by the response from customers. It’s such a special scheme because it’s local people who decide how the money will be spent in their community. 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:

“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.


New Young Parent’s Support

Our young parent’s project is up and running. Sophie is hitting the ground running and is looking forward to receiving referrals for parent’s under 21. We are also busy planning our young Parent’s Support Group, where we hope to tackle isolation, financial troubles, employment skills and routes into further education, as well as creating lots of fun activities for the under 5’s… more details to come!


Changes to Financial Fitness

News flash!! Sophie our Financial Fitness Project Administrator has got a new role within Home-Start as our new Area Coordinator working with Young Parents. This is a brand new project funded by Lloyds Bank Foundation Trust. We are looking forward to seeing Sophie take on this new project and will be looking for a new administrator to support Anna and the very successful Financial Fitness Project.

For Job details and an application form please go to the Job Opportunities tab


Grey n Play

It started with a bang. Lots of fun and the interaction between our children and Age UK Medway’s service users who are living with dementia, was amazing. Thank you Big Lottery Fund  for supporting us to make this possible and Age UK Medway for your hospitality


Grey ‘n’ Play

Starting our new group on Friday 14th September from 10-12 at Age UK Medway’s Day Centre, Hopewell Drive.

Places will be restricted for Home-Start Medway families in the first instance due to high interest. Please ring to save your space 01634 570717


AGM a Big Hit

What an Amazing AGM ‘best ever’

‘I am so proud of all that we have achieved in the last year and to have an AGM which also celebrates the work we do and the difference we make. I cannot thank our volunteers, trustees and the family who shared their story on the day’ Gill Valentine Scheme Manager 





Are you thinking about what you will do in September when your little ones start school? Why not volunteer?

We have a volunteer preparation course starting on 12th September 2018.

Lots of opportunities for volunteering, to find out more please pop in, ring the office or come to our Information session on 5th September 10-1:

Home Visiting – supporting a family in their own home

Financial Fitness Champion – supporting a family with their finances, debts, budgeting, benefits

Admin – Office support

Group – supporting our Stay n Play groups

Fundraising – supporting our events and fundraising activities

Trustee – Governing and setting the strategic direction of Home-Start Medway


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