Cast Your Vote to Help Chelmsford College Boost Outdoor Resources

Published on: 08/09/2017


Cast Your Vote to Help Chelmsford College Boost Outdoor Resources

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The College is bidding to bag a cash boost and is hoping you can help. It's all part of Tesco's "Bags of Help" initiative and there's only a short window to vote for the project. Participating supermarkets include Moulsham Street, Broomfield Road and Princes Road in Chelmsford and you can vote with your token until Tuesday 31 October.

Every vote counts and winning the project means the garden can be developed by adding a garden workshop and teaching area, providing all round use.

Phase one of the project allowed the Secret Garden to be officially opened on Friday 26 May 2017. The project transformed a small piece of green space besides Chelmsford College into a garden which benefitted learners with disabilities and difficulties as well as the wider community. The garden provides an area of calm and tranquility and is planted to grow organic vegetables, herbs and fruit.

The next phase will further develop the garden to provide more all-weather accessible teaching resources so the space can be used for wheelchair users under cover. The project's development is likely to have a positive impact on the social and emotional well-being of students.

Jill Twiss, Learning Difficulties and Disabilities Administrator at Chelmsford College says: "Every time you shop, no matter how much or how little you spend, you can ask for a token and you can use it to support Chelmsford College's Secret Garden - each token can make a huge difference!"

Tina Currey, Extended Learning Tutor says: "We are already making use of the area as an active and effecting teaching and learning environment in fine weather. It would be wonderful to be able to safely use and enjoy the space all year round."

To vote for the Secret Garden project, you can collect a token from Tesco and cast your vote, every time you shop. Voting is open in all Tesco stores. 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 - being awarded to local community projects.

Tesco's Bags of Help project has already delivered over £33 million to more than 6,400 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 September and October. 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

Chelmsford College is on Twitter @ChelmsfordCol and will be using #BagsofHelp and #VoteGarden

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