A heart-warming project that works with older people in Erewash has ‘bagged’ a cash boost to help continue the programme over the next year.

Erewash Borough Council’s Arts Development team will receive £2,000 thanks to Tesco’s Bags of Help community grant scheme and will use the money to further develop and deliver creative projects for older people across the borough.

The team, which is based at Erewash Museum, successfully applied for Tesco’s scheme, which sees grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 raised from sales of its bags for life.

Voting ran in the supermarket’s stores in Ilkeston and West Hallam throughout March and April, with shoppers able to use tokens to vote for three local groups.

Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:

“We’d like to say a huge thank you to the shoppers who supported our team and a wellbeing project that makes a real difference to the lives of older people in our community. Art is a wonderful medium that bring happiness and has the power to give people a new lease of life. This grant will help our Arts Development team, working in partnership with artists, to continue their Arts at the Heart project in Erewash.”

The project uses a wide range of art, from older people working together with children in local schools to artist workshops in residential homes.

Tesco’s Bags of Help is run in partnership with environmental charity Groundwork. 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 www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp.

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