Shoppers in Wolverhampton and Walsall have helped change the lives of disadvantaged women by voting to support Changing Lives’ local projects. Hundreds of women in the area will benefit from the award from Tesco’s Bags of Help community grant scheme.

Changing Lives support women and girls from the Wolverhampton and Walsall areas, including Willenhall, who have experience of domestic abuse, sexual exploitation and/or have contact with the criminal justice system. We provide specialist one-to-one support to build skills, confidence, and help people meet their goals. We recognise the amazing resilience in the people we support, whilst understanding that the impact of trauma and abuse requires long term support.

All of the £2,000 award will go towards expanding our team of volunteers by paying for training and expenses, developing Changing Lives’ support for women facing multiple disadvantage in the local community and empowering them to make positive and lasting changes to their lives.

Sam Lockley, Programme Facilitator and Administrative Support Worker for Changing Lives in Wolverhampton, said:

“Thanks to the support of the local community and Tesco Bags of Help we will be able to fund volunteers from within our community. The volunteers will help reinforce and enhance the work we do, supporting women that are facing multiple and complex issues to build resilience, focus on recovery and enable community integration. It’s extra special that the funding was voted for by Tesco shoppers – the work we do really does help the wider community and this support means so much.”

Bags of Help is run in partnership with environmental charity Groundwork, and sees grants raised from the sale of carrier bags awarded to thousands of local community projects every year. Since the Bags of Help programme began in 2016, over 25,000 projects have been supported with more than £75 million in community grants.

Find out more about the work we do, and the different ways you can support us to empower more people to change their lives.

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