BPCN calls out for votes to bag a share of bag charge fund

Birmingham PlayCare Network (BPCN) is bidding to bag a massive cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.

Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch the monthly funding scheme, which sees grants of £5,000, £2,000 and £1,000 – all raised from the 5p bag levy – being awarded to local outdoor community projects.

The shortlist

Three groups in every Tesco region have been shortlisted to receive the cash award and this month shoppers are being invited to head along to Tesco stores to vote for who they think should take away the top grant.

BPCN is one of the groups on the shortlist and has submitted an application for the Kingstanding (North Birmingham) area to support its Morsbags scheme, where groups of volunteers make bags from scrap fabric that BPCN supplies them with from internal resource The Scrapstore Birmingham. Morsbags are then given free of charge to anyone to encourage reduction of reliance on plastic carriers. Emma Payne, Business Development Manager said:

“We have applied for money to buy new sewing machines to distribute to our volunteers for them to make more bags. We have lots of Morsbags groups around the city – mainly Ladywood and Perry Common areas. People that go into the local Tesco stores have to ask at the checkout for a token which they then post into a box to hopefully vote for our scheme!”


Voting is open in stores from 1  February to 25 February. Customers will cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop.

Tesco’s Bags of Help project has already delivered over £25 million to more than 3,000 projects up and down the UK. Tesco customers get the chance to vote for three different groups each month. At the end of each month, when votes are collected, three groups in each of Tesco’s regions will be awarded funding.

Lindsey Crompton, Head of Community at Tesco, said:

“We are absolutely delighted to open the voting for February. There are some fantastic projects on the shortlists and we can’t wait to see them come to life in hundreds of communities.”

Groundwork’s national Chief Executive, Graham Duxbury, said:

“We’ve been thrilled to see the diversity of projects that have applied for funding, ranging from outdoor classrooms, sports facilities, community gardens, play areas and everything in between.

“We’re looking forward to learning the results of the customer vote and then supporting each group to bring their project to life.”

The Bags of Help scheme is permanently open for applications and anyone can nominate a project at any time – whether it’s Tesco customers, colleagues or the community groups themselves. Just ask in store for more information or visit the Bags of Help website.

03 Feb 2017

National Day Nurseries Association offers free training to Birmingham settings

The National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) has continued its support for Birmingham-based early years provisions with behaviour related training courses and one-to-one support for settings in the area.

Behaviour training

The programme is free to Birmingham settings (maximum of three staff per setting) in partnership with Birmingham City Council.

A flexible approach

Offering both half day face to face training and Live Online Learning outside of work hours and during evening and weekends, this programme of training supporting early years professionals in all areas of behaviour and promoting positive behaviour in children offers a flexible approach for busy childcare professionals.

Live Online Learning

The NDNA’s Live Online Learning sessions provide a live trainer from the comfort of your own home or setting, all you need is an Internet connection and computer.

For more information contact Victoria.Fisher@NDNA.org.uk or visit the NDNA website.

28 Jan 2017

Birmingham Be Heard opens up new 2017 consultation

Birmingham City Council’s Early Years Childcare and Children’s Centre Service Birmingham Be Heard is required to use a new ‘national formula’ from April 2017 to fund early education.

Proposed changes

The organisation has proposed changes to the hourly rates for three and four year olds; the proportion of funding that is centrally retained; and the supplements that will be applied.

A new consultation

As part of this, a consultation has been opened up, with views being ‘taken into full consideration’ throughout the finalisation process of the plans.

The plan

The finished plan will go to the Cabinet Member for Children, Families and Schools, as well as the Schools Forum in February 2017 for approval.

Provide your views here.

22 Jan 2017

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