Charity Herts, Red Kite pockets £ 1,000 from Tesco Community Grants program
Oya Er Wilkes and Siobhan Nundram at a red kite pop-up booth
Submitted by Red Kite
Red Kite Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Service is delighted to announce that it has pocketed £ 1,000 from Tesco’s Bags of Help community grant program.
Bags of Help is run in partnership with the Groundwork charity and sees grants awarded to thousands of local community projects each year. Since its launch in 2015, Bags of Help has provided over £ 68million to nearly 30,000 local community projects across England.
Tesco colleagues from top to bottom of the country recently came together virtually to vote and it can now be revealed that Red Kite has received £ 1,000 which will allow further development work on their helpline. and recovery.
The charity Red Kite Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Service was launched in December 2020 to provide aid and support to recent and historical survivors of rape or sexual abuse, living in the north, south-east and east of Hertfordshire.
The association’s helpline, which can be contacted on: 01279 750450, operates seven days a week from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. with two teams in the afternoons per week from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. In case the line is busy, the caller can leave a voicemail message and someone from the association will call you back or email you within 24 hours.
The Tesco grant will fund the association’s online phone system for an additional ten months. This system allows the association to operate its helpline with volunteers working remotely while providing a local number to service users.
This system allowed Red Kite to launch the service despite the challenges posed by the coronavirus and subsequent blockages, it also supports the association’s expected growth as they recruit and train more volunteers throughout the year, their allowing them to better respond to the demands of their callers and to put several people on duty during their busiest periods.
Good news from Hertfordshire:
Claire de Silva, Tesco Community Manager, said: “Bags of Help contributes funds to community projects across the country and although our customers were unable to vote on this round, we were delighted with the number of colleagues who have come together to choose projects in their region.
“During an extremely difficult year, we look forward to seeing these projects that support their communities come to life. “
Groundwork National Managing Director Graham Duxbury said: “Tesco
community grants continue to empower local communities across England to improve the local spaces and places that matter to them.
“The diversity of funded projects shows that local communities have a passion to create something great in their region.
“We are thrilled to be able to be a part of the journey and to provide support and encouragement to help local communities thrive. “
Funding is available to community groups and charities looking to fund local projects that benefit communities. To learn more, visit: www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp.