Stratford Samaritans Community Hub is delighted to be one of the three projects chosen by local Tesco staff to benefit from its Bags of Help initiative. The Green Refuge, a place where people of all ages and abilities can enjoy the therapeutic benefits of gardening, can win an award of £8,000, £10,000 or £12,000 depending on how many votes we get. Please vote for us!

Voting is from Monday 31st October to Sunday 13th November in these stores:


The transformation of the 85 foot strip of earth to the right of the building will include planting at different heights, a range of seating and a project area so that the groups using the building can run activities in raised planters and pots.

Rachel Key, Hub Manager said:

The staff and volunteers who use Tyler House, including Stratford Samaritans, Lifespace and St Basils, help some of the most vulnerable people in our community. We want to give them and everyone who uses the Hub, somewhere to recharge their batteries and enjoy the unique sense of wellbeing that you experience in a garden, whether you are sitting in it or getting your hands dirty.

The more money we can raise, the more exciting features we can add including an adaptive tool library for gardeners with limited mobility/dexterity, a wildlife-attracting water feature and pergolas with roofing so that the garden can be used all year round. Thank-you!

Tesco Bags of Help offers community groups and projects in each of Tesco’s 416 regions across the UK a share of revenue generated from the 5p charge levied on single-use carrier bags. The money raised by Tesco customers has been used to pay for a large number of local projects to support community participation in the development and use of open spaces across England, Wales and Scotland. Projects that get the green light as a result of the funding include volunteer training, physical improvements of open spaces, equipment purchases, community events, sports and leisure activities and many more.

Groundwork – the community charity with a green heart – administers the funding in England and Wales.

In total, there is over £12.5 million up for grabs.
Further information on Bags of Help can be found at

Many thanks for all your support from the Tesco team