Vote for Our Dementia-friendly Community Garden Project!

Tesco has teamed up with Groundwork on its Bags of Help initiative in hundreds of regions across England and Wales.  The scheme will see three community groups and projects in each of these regions awarded grants of £12,000, £10,000, £8,000 -- all raised from the 5p bag charge.

The Assembly will be developing a dementia-friendly community garden at our premises in Deckham.  The garden will allow all members of the community, young and old, to work and learn together to achieve common goals.  Our members, volunteers, and neighbours will work together to a) grow flowers to be planted around the front and surrounding areas of the centre to physically improve the open, public areas for community enjoyment, b) grow vegetables and herbs that can be used in our community café, c) take the skills they learn in our community garden to grow flowers and vegetables in their own gardens or open spaces and increase employability, and d) create community cohesion within the different generations who benefit from the community garden.

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 public will now vote in store from 31 October until 13 November on who should receive the £12,000, £10,000, and £8,000 awards.  To vote for our project, please visit a Gateshead Tesco. 

For more info on the Bags of Help scheme, visit