Lowestoft organisation aiming to grab a share of bag charge fund

The Involve Active open day was attended by prospective parliamentary candidate Peter Aldous. Pictur

The Involve Active open day was attended by prospective parliamentary candidate Peter Aldous. Pictures: MICK HOWES - Credit: Archant

A popular centre for young people and adults with additional needs is bidding to bag a massive cash boost.

Involve Active is calling for the support of people in Lowestoft as it aims to grab a share of a bag charge fund.

The not-for-profit organisation, which is based at the Involve Centre in Pinbush Close, on the South Lowestoft Industrial Estate, is one of three groups in the region that has been shortlisted to receive the cash award via 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 – all raised from the 5p bag levy – being awarded to local community projects.

And throughout June, shoppers are being invited to head along to their three Tesco stores in Lowestoft to vote for who they think should take away the top grant – with Involve Active one of the shortlisted groups.

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Since opening in 2015 Involve has gone 'from strength to strength' according to Jennie Archibald, centre office manager.

It runs activities and engagement programmes for young people and adults with additional needs, offering the opportunity for those attending to learn life skills and be with others.

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They include a youth club and after school club for young carers and the siblings of children with additional needs and a social group and cooking, bowling and football sessions for people with additional needs.

With Involve holding a successful birthday open day a couple of months ago, they are now aiming to receive the backing of the community – with Tesco customers able to 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 £28.5 million to more than 4,000 projects across the UK.

Lindsey Crompton, Head of Community at Tesco, said: 'We are absolutely delighted to open the voting for June. There are some fantastic projects on the shortlists and we can't wait to see them come to life in hundreds of communities.'

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