Let them Shout !!!



12 November 2018: 3RD Teddington Scout Group is breathing a sigh of relief now that the echo problem with our meeting space has been solved. Just before half term, 25 square meters of sound absorbing panels were hung from the meeting room ceiling.  This was only possible following an extremely generous grant of £4,000 from the Tesco Bags of Help community grant scheme.

The panels have reduced the sound reverberation time by more than 70% which means the sounds of our lively Scout, Cub and Beaver groups are being absorbed rather than echoing around the room.  The meetings are much calmer as we no longer have to shout to make ourselves heard and the overall noise level is greatly reduced. 

The sound panels have made all the difference to a few children who were struggling to cope with the noise levels – so much so that they weren’t sure if they would stay with the group.  They are now able to take part and really enjoy the sessions.

“The sound panels have made the meetings much more comfortable for the children and the leaders and we are so pleased that we don’t have to ask our members to be quiet all the time,” said Melanie Spencer, Group Scout Leader, 3rd Teddington Scout Group.  “We were delighted to be awarded a grant of £4,000 from the Tesco Bags of Help Scheme and are thrilled at the result of the project.”

Tesco 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 launching in 2015, it’s provided more than £63 million to over 20,000 local community projects.

Alec Brown, Tesco’s Head of Community, 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.

Voting ran in stores throughout May and June  2018 with customers choosing which local project they would like to get the top award using a token given to them at the checkout.

Tesco customers get the chance to vote for three different groups each time they shop. Every other month, when votes are collected, three groups in each of Tesco’s regions are awarded funding.

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.


Issued by 3rd Teddington Scout Group


  • Bags of Help is supported by money from the sale of carrier bags in Tesco.
  • So far Bags of Help has awarded over £63 million to more than 20,000 local community projects.
  • For more information please visit: www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp.