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Posted 31 October 2016

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Ongo project shortlisted for Bags of help

An Ongo community project which aims to improve the Caistor Road area in Barton-upon-Humber has been shortlisted for the Tesco’s Bags of Help initiative.

The Bags of Help initiative will be awarding three grants of £8,000, £10,000 and £12,000 – all raised from the 5p bag levy. The Ongo Growing and Learning Project is one of the three local groups to have been shortlisted and will find out by the end of November whether it has secured an £8,000, £10,000 or £12,000 grant.

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 cash boost means that the project can massively expand. Equipment will be bought for 10 extra volunteers so that they can gain valuable experience and knowledge to get into employment.

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

There will also be enough left over 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.

Grace Woolley, Community Investment Apprentice at Ongo, said “We’re so excited that the Growing and Learning project has been shortlisted.

“So far the project has had an amazing response with some neighbours even coming out to help water plants and taking ownership of their area. It makes us very proud to see how educating people about how to grow your own, and planting flowers can change the way they think and bring a whole community together.

“Please make sure you get into the Barton Tesco and vote for our project, the more money we receive means the more areas we can improve.”

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