Osmani Trust calls out for votes to bag a share of Tesco’s bag fund

Osmani Trust is bidding to bag a massive cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.

Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its community funding scheme, which sees grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 raised from carrier bag sales in Tesco stores awarded to local community projects.

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

Osmani Trust is one of the groups on the shortlist.

Osmani Café Befriending Project aims to reduce loneliness and isolation amongst older and disabled people in our community by organising weekly coffee mornings in our community café, delivering workshops & talks, organising celebration days and day trips for the local residents.

“We want to create an inclusive and supportive society where everyone is welcomed and no one feels left out” Shafiur Rahman, Executive Director.

Voting is open in all Tesco stores from 1st Sept to 31st Oct 2018 and 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 £56 million to more than 16,000 projects across Britain. Tesco customers get the chance to vote for three different groups every time they shop. Every other month, when votes are collected, three groups in each of Tesco’s regions will be awarded funding.

Alec Brown, Head of Community at Tesco, said:

“Bags of Help has been a fantastic success and we’ve been overwhelmed by the response from customers. It’s such a special scheme because it’s local people who decide how the money will be spent in their community. There are some fantastic projects on the shortlists and we can’t wait to see these come to life in hundreds of communities.”

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.


Notes to editors:

  • The Bags of Help initiative is supported by money raised from carrier bag sales in Tesco stores.
  • So far Bags of Help has awarded more than £56 million to over 16,000 community projects.
  • For more information please visit: www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp.
  • For more information about Osmani Trust visit: www.osmanitrust.org or contact Shafiur Rahman on 020 7247 8080


Please see below a list of stores taking part in the voting

5599       226 COMMERCIAL RD EXP            E1 2BT   Express

5418       45 WHITECHAPEL RD EXP              E1 1DU  Express

5946       452 HACKNEY RD LD EXP               E2 9EG  Express

6063       BALTIMORE IOD EXP       E14 9RB                Express

2092       BETHNAL GREEN METRO              E2 0AN  Metro

5898       BOW MERCHANTS QTR EXP         E3 4LU   Express

4400       BOW METRO      E3 5GS  Metro

5989       BOW VIOLET RD LON EXP             E3 3AE   Express

2152       BROMLEY BY BOW           E3 3DA  Superstore

2239       CANARY WHARF METRO               E14 4QT                Metro

5282       COMMERCIAL ST LON EXP           E1 6NF  Express

6005       FRANCES WHARF LON EXP           E14 7BY Express

6898       ISLE OF DG MNCSTR EXP               E14 3NX                Express

6363       LDN BETHNAL GRN EXP E2 6AH  Express

5736       LIMEHOUSE COMM RD EXP         E14 7LW               Express

4389       LONDON ALDGATE EXP E1 6BF   Express

2249       LONDON ST KTHRINE EXP             E1W 1LE               Express

6593       MARSH WALL EXP            E14 9AB                Express

6009       MILE END RD LOND EXP                E1 4UJ   Express

5430       MILLHARBOUR IOD EXP                E14 9NA               Express

6289       SOUTH PLAZA IOD EXP  E14 9SH                Express

6601       WHITECHAPEL FIELDGATE            E1 1ES   Superstore

5956       90 MANSELL ST LON EXP               E1 8AL   Express

5380       ALDERSGATE EXPRESS   EC1A 4JQ             Express

2097       BISHOPSGATE METRO   EC2M 4LN            Metro

2265       CHEAPSIDE METRO         EC2V 6EE              Metro

5158       HOLBORN VIADUCT EXP               EC1A 2AT             Express

6346       LDN ST BOTOLPHS EXP   EC3A 7DH            Express

6077       LONDON BLACKFRIAR EXP           EC4Y 0AA             Express

5152       LONDON SMITHFIELD EXP            EC1A 9LA             Express

5130       MONUMENT METRO     EC3M 1AE            Metro

6042       ST PAULS LONDON EXP EC2V 6ET              Express

5157       OLD BROAD ST EXP          EC2N 1AR            Express

To check the location of any of the above stores, please go to the tesco website here:


To vote, you will need to make a purchase within store of any value. You will receive one token per transaction and it’s not necessary to purchase a carrier bag in order to receive a token.

Additionally, please note the below advice in terms of do’s and don’ts before and during the voting period:


– Tamper with the voting unit otherwise your project may be void from the vote

– Influence customers casting their vote at the voting unit.

– Encourage supporters to submit multiple tokens in the voting unit

– Promote your project in store without permission from the Store Manager

– Collect Bags of Help tokens from stores that are not within your region to vote for your project



– Cast your vote as soon as you receive your token for a project in the current voting round

– Only submit Tesco Bags of Help token to cast your vote

– Maximise promotion of your project during the voting period by making best use of PR and Social Media guidance  – https://www.groundwork.org.uk/Sites/tescocommunityscheme/pages/bags-of-help-communications-guidance


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