It’s been almost a year since we all started paying 5p for a carrier bag if we forgot our own and what a difference it’s made. It’s no longer common place to see plastic bags blowing in the wind, tangled in trees or polluting our lochs and ponds. But it’s not just our environment and wildlife that has benefited, so too have our local communities. Some retailers like Asda donate proceeds from the charge to good causes and I was delighted to learn that the Renfrewshire based “I Am Me” has been awarded £2000 to help promote awareness of the impact of disability discrimination and hate crime. Already this local community group has presented their drama ‘I Am Me’ to 18,000 people in schools and community settings. I Am Me sends a clear message that disability hate crime will not be tolerated. If you know of a community group that might benefit from a grant, speak to the Community Life Champion at a local Asda store or apply at www.foundationscotland.org.uk/asda.