Can you help? Vote for MYTIME at your nearest Tesco store!

29th Sep 2021


MYTIME Young Carers are bidding for a cash boost from the Tesco Community Grants initiative. Tesco works with community charity Groundwork to run its community funding scheme, which sees grants of up to £1,500, £1,000 and £500 awarded to local community projects. 

Three groups in every community have been shortlisted to receive a cash award this Winter. MYTIME is proud to have been selected as one of the shortlisted organisations, and invites supporters to head along to Tesco stores during the coming Autumn months to place their vote, and to help them to secure the top grant.

MYTIME Young Carers is a small, Dorset-based charity that exists to provide young carers and young adult carers of ages 5-25 with the support, opportunities and friendship that every child needs and deserves. A young carer is a child, just like any other. The only difference is that young carers are responsible for the care of at least one member of their family, though they may be as young as 5 years old themselves. 

Krista Sharp, CEO of MYTIME, states that, “Young carers work incredibly hard to take care of their families, day in and day out, sometimes at great personal cost. Tesco’s top grant of £1,500 would pay for 20 of these remarkable young people to come together as a community, and to enjoy a fun and enriching day out with MYTIME, free from all responsibilities.”

From the 1st October to 31st December, and in Tesco branches across Ferndown, Bournemouth, Ringwood, Poulner and Shaftesbury, customers will be able to cast their vote for MYTIME using a token given to them at the check-out each time they shop. 

Tesco’s Community Grants scheme has already provided over £90 million to more than 40,000 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.

Claire De Silva, Head of Community at Tesco, says: “Tesco Community Grants help support local good causes but especially those projects supporting young people, those providing food, and local causes close to our colleagues’ hearts.” 

Penelope Day, Fundraising Director at MYTIME, says: “We are delighted to have been shortlisted as one of Tesco’s local community projects this Winter. The funding we receive will help to reduce feelings of stress and isolation among the young carer community. Our support really does make the world of difference to these special young people, so we’re asking Tesco shoppers to get behind us this Autumn.”