St Andrew’s Club is bidding to bag a massive cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.

Vote throughout September and October for us in your local Tesco store* to help provide staff and ingredients for a year’s worth of cooking classes for local young people aged 10 to 18 years at St Andrew's Club.

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.

St Andrew’s Club is one of the three groups in every Tesco region groups 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.

Every Wednesday, there are three cooking workshops which can each teach up to six members, so at least 18 members benefit. It is one of the most popular activities at St Andrew's and we have created a programme of cooking classes where we teach members a range of skills relating to food, nutrition, healthy eating, meal planning and food budgeting including comparing home cooking costs with ready meal costs.

We believe that the ability to produce basic home cooked food is an invaluable life skill. These basic skills can influence children's food choices for the rest of their lives. Our trained youth workers will often build special relationships with members through the cooking programme, particularly supporting them in their emotional and personal needs. For example, during one session, a member voiced that he was glad he was learning to cook because his mum had been diagnosed with cancer and he would be able cook for her. On hearing this we were able to help put in place the support he needed while he was going through this challenging period.

“Cooking sessions can also provide an opportunity to carry out important youth work with those members who are experiencing challenges and difficulties. Working alongside children and young people in a creative way can help build positive and trusting relationships and foster a sense of wellbeing,” says Paul Whittle, Club Manager

Notes:

To vote, you will need to make a purchase within store of any value. You will receive one token per transaction and it's not necessary to purchase a carrier bag in order to receive a token.

To check the location of any of the stores, please go to the Tesco website here:

http://www.tesco.com/store-locator/uk/

The nearest Tescos to St Andrew’s Club are:

MONCK ST VICTORIA EXPRESS SW1P 2BW

VICTORIA METRO SW1V 1RX

REGENT STREET METRO SW1Y 4LR

PIMLICO EXPRESS SW1V 3EN

In our region are:

COVENT GARDEN METRO WC2E 9EQ

DEAN STREET METRO W1D 3RS

CLIFTON RD M VALE EXP W9 1SY

EUSTON ROAD EXPRESS NW1 3AU

BAKER STREET EXPRESS W1U 6TP

50 CURZON STREET EXP W1J 7UP

MAIDA VALE EXPRESS W9 1UP

PADDINGTON METRO NW8 8EX

SOUTH WHARF PADTN EXP W2 1JX

QUEENSWAY W2 6LS

MELCOMBE ST LON EXP NW1 6AE

LISSON GROVE EXPRESS NW1 6TU

GEORGE ST LON EXP W1U 8NN

EDGWARE ROAD METRO W2 2EA

LONDON NW CAVNDSH EXP W1W 6BE