A COMMUNITY safety initiative has been shortlisted for a cash boost from the sale of 5p carrier bags at Tesco.

Tendring Community Safety Partnership hopes to bag money from the the Tesco Bags of Help scheme, which sees grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 made from cash raised from carrier bag sales.

Three groups have been shortlisted and shoppers are being invited to vote at Tesco stores for who should get the top grant.

Tendring Community Safety Partnership is shortlisted for its Walk Online scheme, to make young people aware about the potential dangers they face online.

The roadshows aim to highlight issues that young people are not aware of, including how easily they can be exploited through well-known online games and apps.

The content illustrates exactly how these sites are used to identify and groom young people and how they can be alert to these risks, knowing how to identify and report them.

Lynda McWilliams, chairman of the Tendring Community Safety Partnership, said: “We are so pleased to have been shortlisted to be one of the three groups to receive the cash.

“It will help the partnership to provide these roadshows which help to keep young people safe when they are online – which in our modern society is a lot of the time.”

Voting is open in all Tesco stores in July and customers will cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop.