A WINSFORD-BASED charity is looking to bag a cash boost through Tesco's community funding scheme.

Changing Lives in Cheshire (CLiC) is bidding to win a grant of either £1,000, £2,000 or £4,000 through the retailer's Bags of Help initiative, which puts funds from the 5p plastic bag levy back into the community.

CLiC is one of the community groups shortlisted to receive funding, which would support its work with Winsford and Northwich residents looking to return to work or enter the workplace with social, physical or mental health difficulties.

The focus for the funding is the ‘CLiC Hub Repair Café' – a facility providing a supportive work experience environment for volunteers to acquire skills such as breathing new life into items to then sell in retail outlets.

Gary Cliffe, CEO of CLiC says “We are thrilled for the local people from Northwich, Winsford and surrounding areas that we support to have been chosen to go through to the public voting round of the Tesco ‘Bags of Help Scheme’.

"The Repair Café enables us to contribute towards saving the planet through re-use and repurpose of unwanted items whilst also helping our local community.

"What we do is save unwanted items from going to landfill whilst at the same time giving local people great opportunities to gain work experience and skills.

"The Winsford community then has access to bargain priced preloved or upcycled furniture, particularly helping people on low incomes with tight household budgets.”

Voting for CLiC is open in Tesco's Northwich superstore and Northwich Chester Road, Northwich Regency, Weaverham and Winsford Delamere Express outlets.

Customers can cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop.