A Community Champion’s task is to understand local community issues and to use Tesco resources to help.
Tesco is proud of the commitment and generosity of all its staff in helping and supporting the local charities and organisations in the communities in which we operate. We also recognise the importance and value of this local support to the individual organisations and communities concerned. To better help, we have now introduced Community Champions in 25 stores across Ireland, with more to follow. Community Champions are Tesco Customer Assistants who are paid to spend 15 hours of their normal work week working and creating links with their local communities and organisations. Together, the Champions spend over 19,500 hours a year working with and for their communities.
As a Community Champion, their task is to understand local community issues and to utilise Tesco skills, knowledge and resources to make a difference. This can be anything from organising tours of the store by local schools, cups and a kettle for the local youth group to arranging fund raising events for local charities and clubs. By giving our employees the time and tools to work with their neighbourhood, we make a real difference.
Community Champions work with:
- Primary Schools
- Local Charities
- County Council
- Sports Clubs
- Community Gardai
- Chamber of Commerce
- The Fire Service
Some of the ways Community Champions help are by:
- Meeting the local charities and services to find out how we can help them
- Supporting local charities and services to raise their profile with customers
- Supporting local fundraising events with raffle prizes and refreshments
- Giving store tours to local schoolchildren or going into the local primary school to talk about healthy eating
- Organising collections or bag packing for a local charity or association
- Making staff canteens and training rooms (where suitable) available to local groups
- Encouraging Tesco staff and customers to get involved in fund raising for our Charity of the Year and local charity eg: sky dives, running the Women’s Mini Marathon, car washes, book sales etc.
Your Local Champion
Community Champions are currently working in 25 stores nationwide, with more to follow. Currently Tesco has Community Champions in the following stores: Bailieboro, Balbriggan, Ballinasloe, Ballinrobe, Ballybeg, Birr, Bloomfields Dún Laoghaire. Cabra, Cashel, Claremorris, Kildare, Kilrush, Kinnegad, Longford, Maynooth, Merrion Dublin, Mitchelstown, Naas, New Ross, Oranmore, Portlaoise, Roscrea, Swinford, Tramore and Westport.
Why not ask at the service desk the next time you are in one of the stores to speak to your local Champion and see what Tesco could do for your local organisation.Back to top
Get to know your Community Champion
Community Champions, through working in the local community on a day to day basis, creating links and relationships, contribute so much to their local communities. Read about some of our Champions in the following profiles.Back to top
Jacinta Nurney, Tesco Kinnegad
Kinnegad Community Champion, Jacinta Nurney, has been busy working on plenty of events and activities in the local community. In September 2011, as the local children returned to school, Jacinta arranged for the Road Safety Authority to visit local primary schools and present its ’Street Smart’ Programme. The programme focuses on road safety for children and provided valuable experience for everyone at the schools.
Jacinta was also involved in fundraising for a local boy who suffers from West Syndrome. Funding of €30,000 was required by the family to travel to China to receive treatment and Jacinta arranged a number of fundraising events such as bag packing and a quiz night. The family recently reached their target funding through the help and support of the whole community and the young boy has been able to travel to China where he received treatment.
Jacinta also helped on fundraising events to raise money for Kinnegad’s Playground. With the help of further funding received from the Local Council and others in the community, the new playground equipment was ordered recently and the town hope to have it in place by the start of May - perfect timing for the local children for the school holidays!
At the start of 2012, Jacinta arranged a 5km walk in the local community which was attended by Adrian Brereton from Operation Transformation. The walk was a great success with over 200 local people taking part. Refreshments were provided after the walk in our Kinnegad store.
In February, Jacinta linked in with the Kinnegad Business Association for Valentine’s Day, running a competition to find the most romantic and funniest wedding proposals! Local people were asked to write in with their stories and a great selection of unique and interesting stories were received. The winners received a selection of vouchers and prizes from local businesses in Kinnegad.
Jacinta also has great plans for the rest of 2012; she hopes to organise a Dog Show locally, a crafts fair during the summer months and a Christmas grotto later in the year, offering children the chance to visit Santa.Back to top
Elaine Payne, Tesco Merrion
Since her appointment in 2011 as our Merrion Community Champion, Elaine Payne, has been extremely busy organising events in the community. Elaine has organised several food tastings with local schools whereby she has supplied ingredients and given tips on the importance of healthy eating. Over the festive period, Elaine assisted with a Christmas event with local schools, where they iced and decorated Christmas cakes, which were donated to Brother Kevin Crowley, founder of The Capuchin Day Centre for Homeless People.
Elaine also visits a rehabilitation hospital in Donnybrook once a month for their special evening. Here, family and friends of individuals in the hospital attend and there are a number of activities that takes place from games and party food to fantastic live music.
Speaking about her role as Community Champion, Elaine said; "If I can make a difference in a person’s life in any one day then I know my job is worthwhile."
We would like to wish Jacinta and Elaine, and all the rest of our Community
Champions, the very best for the coming year.