Store’s scheme to give a helping hand

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The North Shields community could be in for a boost after a store launched a scheme to support neighbourhood groups and charities.

Whether the project benefits young people, families, or the elderly, staff at Wilko in Bedford Street, are hoping to lend a hand with the store’s brand new ‘Helping Hands’ scheme.

North Shields residents will be able to apply to the store for a cash donation, Wilko products or the time of shop staff, said to be keen to roll up their sleeves to volunteer for them.

Store manager Sarah Deary said: “The ‘Helping Hands’ scheme is an initiative where funding is provided to support local projects, directly benefitting the lives of people who live and work close to the store.

“As a company, it is great to be able to help local community groups and charities by giving something back to the area, whether it is seeds to help a community garden bloom or paint for a local animal shelter, we are able to help.

Application forms can be collected from the North Shields store and, once completed, should be returned to the help desk.

Successful applicants will be notified within three months of submission.

Six other Wilko stores in the region – including the one in Killingworth – are offering the same scheme, available to community projects and charities in the communities they serve.