The Big House calls out for votes to bag a share of Tesco’s bag fund

04 January 2018


A Nottinghamshire children’s home which provides short break care for children and young people with learning disabilities 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 up to £4,000, up to £2,000 and £1,000 raised from carrier bag sales in Tesco stores awarded to local community projects.

Three groups in every Tesco region, including The Big House in Edwinstowe, 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.

The County Council’s Big House, which is a newly-built eight-bedded children’s home providing short breaks for youngsters aged up to 18 years with significant learning disabilities and associated challenging behaviour, is one of the groups on the shortlist.

Cash raised will go towards building a sensory garden room, the calming cabin, in the grounds – a space all children and young people with learning disabilities from across Nottinghamshire will be able to use for relaxation, play and development.
There are around 5,800 youngsters living in the county with long-term health or disability problems.

The Council’s committee chairman for children and young people’s services, Councillor Philip Owen said: “Evidence show us that sensory rooms have a positive effect on helping ease sensory processing difficulties and even reduce reliance on medication. The calming cabin will be specifically designed combining a range of stimuli to help children and young people develop and engage their senses and interact with the larger world around them.

“The stimuli will also help to engage different areas of the brain helping children retain more information and enhance learning through play. Benefits also include improvements to balance, movement and spatial orientation by developing visual processing abilities as well as developing motor skills to help with everyday living.”

The Big House’s sensory garden is under development, and has already proved a big hit with our children, young people and visitors, including 17 year-old April (pictured) and the calming cabin would be an invaluable addition to develop this resource further.

“We are confident that the calming cabin will promote emotional wellbeing and happiness for the children and young people of Nottinghamshire and their families and carers,” added Coun Owen.

“I wholeheartedly endorse this aspirational project and would urge shoppers to think about the benefits it will bring young people and vote for The Big House. “
Tesco customers can vote for this project in the following stores between 2 January and 28 February:
• Tesco Express, Main Street, Balderton, Newark
• Tesco Superstore, Forest Road, New Ollerton.

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 £40 million to 9,700 projects up and down the UK. 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: “We are absolutely delighted to open the voting for January and February. 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: “We’ve been thrilled to see the diversity of projects that have applied for funding, ranging from outdoor classrooms, sports facilities, community gardens, play areas and everything in between.

“We’re looking forward to learning the results of the customer vote and then supporting each group to bring their project to life.”

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


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