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WestRaven Community Cafe calls out for votes to get a share of Tesco’s Stronger Starts fund

WestRaven Community Cafe is bidding for a cash boost from the Tesco Stronger Starts scheme.

Stronger Starts provides grant awards of up to £1,500 to local community projects, with a particular focus on children and young people.

Three groups in every community have been shortlisted to receive grant awards and Tesco customers can vote for the group they think should take away the top award in their local Tesco store.

WestRaven Community Cafe is one of the groups on the shortlist in Peterborough, with our project, Fitness Classes for All

Christine Nice, Café Manager said “We want to offer Free fitness classes for everyone in the community, with open and friendly opportunities to take part in classes to improve physical fitness.” Voting is open in all Tesco stores from early January until the end of March. Customers will cast their vote using a blue token given to them at the check-out each time they shop.

Tesco Stores were you can vote for us are;

Market Deeping PE6 8UD Large unit

Dogs Thorpe Express PE1 3SA Small unit

Stamford Express PE9 2BD Small unit

Werrington PE4 6NA Large unit

Peterborough Chadburn Exp PE4 7DH Small unit

Tesco’s Stronger Starts – previously known as Tesco Community Grants - has already provided over £110 million to more than 60,000 projects across Britain.

This £5m Stronger Starts grant programme, delivered in partnership with Groundwork UK, helps schools and children’s groups provide nutritious food and healthy activities that support young people’s physical health and mental wellbeing, such as breakfast clubs or snacks, and sports equipment for after school clubs.

Claire de Silva, Tesco UK Head of Communities and Local Media, said: “Helping schools and children’s groups access the food and resources they need is vitally important in getting children a stronger start in life. Children with enough food have more energy, better concentration, and ultimately achieve more too."

Graham Duxbury, Groundwork’s UK Chief Executive, said: “As a community charity, we have seen first-hand how schools and other groups supporting young people have been playing a much bigger role in ensuring children are getting a healthy start to the day and getting access to spaces and services to support physical activity and mental health. Family budgets are tight and school budgets are tight, but it’s so important that children stay fed, fit and focused, so we’re delighted to be able to prioritise these activities alongside Tesco with the Stronger Starts programme.”

Funding is available to community groups and charities looking to fund local projects that bring benefits to communities, particularly those helping to provide food and giving children the support they need for a good start in life.

Anyone can nominate a project and organisations can apply online. To find out more visit

To find out more about the activities, support and opportunities we offer at WestRaven Community Café & Garden visit our website, find us on social media, or pop in for a chat!

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