Scouts Bag a Grant after Record Year

Date: 7th May 2022 Author: News Editor

1st Farnsfield Scouts bag £1,500 from Tesco’s community grant scheme after record year of growth

1st Farnsfield Scout Group will receive £1,456 that it will use on it’s Back to Adventure project to enable more young people to engage in Scouting. This year Scouting across the country has seen record growth. The highest since World War Two. In Farnsfield the group has doubled in size since 2021 with over 50% more young people and 1 in 2 young people being girls. This bucks the trend. The grant from Tesco is much needed and will help ensure the kit is fit for purpose as the group continues to grow.

Group Scout Leader Chris Blockley said “Thank you very much for the grant Tesco has provided us. Young people in the local community have endured a difficult couple of years and the growth in local Scouting has shown that young people want to get back outdoors since the lockdowns. We’ve opened two new age groups in the last twelve months called Squirrels (age 4 and 5) and Explorers (age 14 to 18). The money is much needed to help us support those young people who have joined.”

Claire de Silva, Tesco’s Head of Community, said: “Tesco Community Grants help support local good causes like 1st Farnsfield and especially those projects supporting young people, those providing food, and local causes close to our colleagues’ hearts.”

Tesco Community Grants is run in partnership with community focused charity Groundwork, who has awarded grants to thousands of local community projects every year. Tesco’s Community Grants scheme – previously Tesco Bags of Help – has already provided over £90 million to more than 40,000 projects across Britain.

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. 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. To find out more visit

Scouting provides a second family to lots of young people. It’s a safe place where they can aspire and grow.'
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