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The Vectis Radio 4Ps Training School calls out for votes to get a share of Tesco’s Community Grants fund

The Vectis Radio 4Ps Training School are bidding for a cash boost from the Tesco Community Grants initiative. Tesco works with community charity Groundwork to run its community funding scheme, which sees grants of up to £1,500, £1,000 and £500 awarded to local community projects.

Three groups in every community 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 Vectis Radio 4Ps scheme is one of the groups on the shortlist.

The 4Ps Project (Sometimes referred to as The 4Ps Training School) is an award winning free course run by Vectis Radio CIC which aims to help young people on the Island to build their confidence and improve their communication skills which will result in greater life chances. The 4P’s Project was set up in 2013, and piloted using three teenage girls from Christ the King College. The course is designed for young people aged 11 to 19 years, and up to 25 with additional needs. The course is also available for young people who have an interest in media (specifically radio) to improve their chances of a job in the industry or to find out whether or not they would like to pursue it as a career.

Senior trainer Ian Mac said, “If successful, we are aiming to use this award to enable the 4Ps participants to produce a series of radio programmes dealing with cooking and nutrition. This not only helps their confidence and communication skills but will also teach them and, when broadcast, others the basic skills of cooking whick will be necessary in later life.”

Voting is open in all Tesco stores in October, November, December and customers will cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out each time they shop.

Tesco’s Community Grants scheme has already awarded over £96 million to more than 46,000 projects across Britain. Tesco customers get the chance



to vote for three different groups every time they shop. Every three months, when votes are collected, three groups in each of Tesco’s regions will be awarded funding.

Claire De Silva, Head of Community at Tesco, said: “Tesco Community Grants help support local good causes but especially those projects supporting young people, those providing food, and local causes close to our colleagues’ hearts.”

Groundwork’s National Chief Executive, Graham Duxbury, said: “Tesco Community Grants continues to give local projects the boost they need to help their communities thrive. By funding services which support young people and reduce food poverty, we hope to facilitate positive change from the ground up across the UK. We are pleased to have been able to help so many local good causes over the years and look forward to seeing what community organisations can achieve in the future with the right resources.”

Funding is available to community groups and charities looking to fund local projects that bring benefits to communities, particularly those helping to provide food and giving children the support they need for a good start in life. Anyone can nominate a project and organisations can apply online. To find out more visit www.tesco.com/communitygrants.

Notes to editors:

  •   So far Tesco Community Grants has awarded over £96 million to more than 46,000 community projects.

  •   For more information please visit: www.tesco.com/communitygrants.

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