Suicide Prevention & Intervention IOW (SPIIOW) are bidding to bag a cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative. Tesco works with Groundwork to run its community funding scheme, which sees grants of £2,000, £1,000 and £500 awarded to local community projects.
Three groups in every Tesco region have been shortlisted to receive the cash award, SPIIOW has been listed as one of the very lucky groups, and shoppers are being invited to head along to Tesco stores to vote for who they think should take away the top grant.
SPIIOW – We are a not for profit organisation specialising in Suicide Prevention, Intervention, Training & Education. Our aim is to seek to save lives across the Isle of Wight, this is done by using proven prevention training and / or using proven suicide (crisis) intervention to reach out, offering hope to anyone who is suicidal.
When a person feels that they want to end their life from suicide and when time is the key to survival our front line team will immediately act to intervene. This could be a person’s home address or other locations across the Island and secondly by continuing to support those in need.
Our front line personnel are trained in a number of ways including in-house training and have further training in de-escalation techniques and other relevant skills. Once safely through the crisis our follow up teams will continue to support those involved and will provide signposting and advice.
Sarah Adams – SPIIOW
For SPIIOW to be shortlisted as one of the groups across the Island is fantastic news and we thank you for this opportunity. This is another great way that shows businesses and organisations connected to the Isle of Wight are working alongside SPIIOW to help make the Isle of Wight a Suicide safer community.
I would like to ask all of you to please support us when shopping at Tesco. Thank you once again and good luck to all involved
Voting is open in all Tesco stores in January, February and March and customers will cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out each time they shop, Voting will take place from Wednesday 1 April 2020 to Tuesday 30 June 2020.
Tesco’s Bags of Help scheme has already provided over £80 million to more than 27,000 projects across Britain. Tesco customers get the chance to vote for three different groups every time they shop. Every three months, when votes are collected, three groups in each of Tesco’s regions will be awarded funding.
David Page, Head of Community at Tesco, said:
“Bags of Help contributes funds to community projects up and down the country and we’ve been overwhelmed by the response from customers voting in their local stores. We’re looking forward to seeing more projects brought to life.”
Groundwork’s National Chief Executive, Graham Duxbury, said:
“Bags of Help continues to enable local communities up and down Britain to improve the local spaces and places that matter to them. The diversity of projects that are being funded shows that local communities have a passion to create something great in their area. We are pleased to be able to be a part of the journey and provide support and encouragement to help local communities thrive.”
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