Déda 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 - being 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.
Déda and partner organisation Artcore’s ‘Getting Derby Schools Creative’ project is one of the groups on the shortlist. The project will support 480 school children to embark on a visual arts and dance learning journey. This is part of Start, created by Children & the Arts; a three-year engagement programme of arts activity between selected cultural organisations and local schools that tackles inequality by working only with the children who need it most, who are at risk of missing out on a creative and cultural education.
Déda’s Head of Dance Development and Learning, Clare Limb says: “Our vision is to provide every child and young person with opportunities to thrive in our city and experience of a variety of culture to develop their skills, life chances and fulfil their highest ambitions.”
• Progress through their Arts Award
• See two professional exhibitions / performances.
• Experience a series of workshops with either a professional dancer to explore movement, and choreograph and perform a dance or a visual artist to experiment with different mediums and produce pupils own work.
• Showcase the work they have produced at during a celebration event.
Déda and Artcore will provide CPD training to up-skill teachers, and will hold a creative careers day to demonstrate creative career opportunities. We will be embedding the arts into the culture of the school, equipping them with the necessary skills and resources to continue this work into the future. Cultural education is a fantastic way to increase confidence, self-esteem, and academic attainment, which in turn leads to increased social mobility and employment potential.
Arts Council England suggest that students who study arts subjects are more employable and are more likely to stay in employment.
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 £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 www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp