Cyril Flint Befrienders 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 £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 raised from carrier bag sales in Tesco stores awarded to local community projects.

Three groups in every Tesco region 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.

Cyril Flint Befrienders is delighted to be one of the groups on the shortlist!

Who we are

Olga & Hannah

We are a registered charity working to combat social isolation and loneliness in older people in Trafford and South Manchester communities. Inspired by a gentleman named Cyril and his sadness at having spent 23 Christmases alone since the passing of his wife, a befriending scheme was born. We recruit, train and DBS check volunteers and match them up with an older person in their community with whom they have shared interests or hobbies to encourage long-lasting friendships. Our volunteers commit to visiting their befriendee for a minimum of an hour per week but many do much more than this.

93% of our befriendees say they feel less lonely and 77% less isolated as a result of having a befriender in their lives.

Edna & Natalia

Edna, a Cyril Flint Befriendee, had suffered many losses of close friends and relatives and had found that due to reduced mobility, she was rarely leaving the house any more. Edna says ‘I never thought I’d have a best friend again. And then along came Cyril Flint Befrienders and my new friend Natalia.’

And it’s not a one way friendship either, as our volunteer Hannah says:
‘You can’t understand how rewarding volunteering is until you see the smile on an older person’s face when you walk in to visit.’

How you can help!

Voting is open across several stores in Central and South Manchester (full list below) from 1st March to 30th April 2019 and 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 £63 million to more than 20,000 projects across Britain. 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:
“Bags of Help has been a fantastic success and we’ve been overwhelmed by the response from customers. It’s such a special scheme because it’s local people who decide how the money will be spent in their community. There are some fantastic projects on the shortlists and we can’t wait to see these come to life in hundreds of communities.”

There is no minimum spend to be eligible for a blue voting token, so please be sure to ask the cashier for yours!

Thank you so much for supporting us with this competition.

Full list of participating stores:

Ardwick Green Express
Burnage Superstore
Church Manchester Express
City Towers Manchester Express
Deansgate Express
Both Didsbury Expresses
East Didsbury Superstore
Fallowfield Express
Firswood Express
Levenshulme Metro
Manchester Bailey Express
Manchester Metro
Manchester Oxford Road Express
Manchester Oxford Street Express
Manchester Oxford House
Picadilly Manchester Express
Princes Street Express
Quay Street Express
Whalley Range Express

• The Bags of Help initiative is supported by money raised from carrier bag sales in Tesco stores.
• So far Bags of Help has awarded more than £63 million to over 20,000 community projects.
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