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Posted 09 December 2016

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£8,000 cash boost from Tesco

Our Growing and Learning Project has been awarded £8,000 from Tesco’s Bags of Help initiative.

The project, which aims to improve the Caistor Road area in Barton-upon-Humber was one of the three local groups to have been shortlisted to secure an £8,000, £10,000 or £12,000 grant – all raised from the 5p bag levy.

Baysgarth School took second place and will be awarded £10,000 and Castledyke Primary School, who received the most votes from shoppers, are to be awarded £12,000. 

Grace Woolley, Community Investment Apprentice at Ongo, said “We were over the moon to find out we’d been shortlisted for the Bag of Help Initiative as we knew we’d be receiving at least £8,000. There’s a real buzz from people on the estate and we can’t wait to get started.

“I’d like to say a huge thank you to Tesco for giving us the opportunity to expand and improve what we do, and huge congratulations to the other projects. Together we can make a huge difference to the local community.”

The Growing and Learning Project is about using a mix of gardening and education as a new way of engaging communities. It also gives opportunities to local people to learn new skills, develop confidence and improve their health and wellbeing.

The £8,000 will be spent on equipment for 10 extra volunteers and will help the project to grow.

The Viking Centre in Barton, which hosts regular community events, will be able to purchase new garden toys, a shed, lawnmower and other gardening equipment.

A mud kitchen, two wooden wigwams and seating areas will be brought in for the children, as well as adapting the garden and adding disabled access.

There will also be enough money to build a new and modern polytunnel so that the children from the Centre can grow their own fruit and veg and learn how to cook it in a healthy way at the weekly tea time club.  

Along with improvements to the Viking Resource Centre, there will also be improvements made around the whole area, with plants being put on all entrances to the Caistor Road Estate.

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