Bags of Help builds kids’ confidence in Warwick

Children at Northleigh House School, Warwick are learning more about nature and the great outdoors, thanks to funding from Tesco’s Bags of Help scheme. Bags of Help, which uses money raised from sales of carrier bags to support local communities, has so far awarded over £63 million in grants to more than 20,000 projects, all voted for by our customers.

The school, which works to provide a therapeutic learning environment for vulnerable children, won £3,250 from the scheme for its Wildlife Classroom Garden project.

With the grant, the school was able to regenerate its wildlife pond, introduce pond plants and create an area for students to take part in pond-dipping. In addition to buying equipment, the school hosted a learning fun day with an expert from The Willow Bank, who worked with the children to create a living willow sculpture to be used for lessons outside during the summer.

Lorna Perkins, Fundraising Volunteer at Northleigh House School, said: “It has been remarkable to watch the children grow in confidence as they spend more time in the garden and learn more about nature. They’ve loved being in the fresh air and experiencing wildlife for themselves first-hand, rather than through a textbook.

“The vast majority of children who come through our doors are withdrawn and lacking in confidence as a result of trauma and over half of them have attempted suicide. This project is hugely important to us as we’re always looking for ways to engage and inspire them outside of the classroom.

“Our students respond particularly well to energetic lessons that they can participate actively in and thanks to Tesco, we’re hoping to incorporate more activities in the Wildlife Classroom Garden during the summer.”

Keith Jackson, Bags of Help manager, said: “It’s wonderful to see this project come to life as it is a fantastic example of the positive impact that spending time outdoors can have on children, both for their mental and physical well-being.”

If you’d like to support your local charity or community group and put them forward for funding, visit www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp.

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