Asda opens new chapter in local community engagement

A feast for the senses, which the book award is doing its bit to encourage.

A feast for the senses, which the book award is doing its bit to encourage.

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Asda in Forfar is bringing its customers to book by throwing open its doors for local community groups to uses its premises.

To celebrate the 18th annual World Book Day, on March 5, the store has announced that it is opening up its meeting room space to allow local book clubs to host their get-togethers at the store, free of charge.

As part of the company’s Community Life programme, community groups and charities are able to gain free access to Asda’s meeting rooms and everything from smoking cessation classes to parenting advice clinics have been held in stores so far.

The retailer in Forfar is now calling on any local book clubs who are interested in using the meeting room space to get in touch.

Andrea Logan, Community Life Champion at the Forfar store, said: “Community Life is all about working with our local community to offer services which matter, support local causes which make a difference and work towards common community goals.

“It can be a real struggle for people to find a suitable place to host a book club gathering and we’ve excellent meeting room facilities in the store which we can offer to local groups when they are not in use.”

Andrea added that the move might encourage more people to come together to share their views.

She added: “If anyone is interested in using our space then they can just contact me at the store and we can help them to get this set up. Hopefully as a result more and more people will be able to come together to enjoy the experience of sharing a good book.

Asda stores across Scotland are supporting World Book Day again this year wiith an extensive range of products in-store – from a wide selection of books for children and adults, to World Book Day fancy dress costumes.