Community room available in Sunderland Asda store

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A WEARSIDE supermarket is offering community groups a free space to use.

Asda in Grangetown has transformed its training room into a space available to small groups and clubs – but say it is not getting used.

The facility, opened as part of Asda’s Community Life programme, was launched with the aim of supporting local clubs and businesses within a one mile radius of the store and is available free of charge.

Lesley Watson, Community Life Champion at Asda in Leechmere Road, said: “Some large companies rent out space which can be quite expensive, so we’re offering people somewhere to go that won’t cost them anything.”

The community room, which is accessible during the store’s opening hours, is available for use by clubs such as Girl Guides, Scouts and Mother and Toddler groups.

Lesley, said: “We’ll even provide them with free tea and coffee.”

The space hopes to transform the way that the retailer interacts with the community, but business has slowed down in recent months, due to a lack of knowledge about what the store is offering.

Lesley added: “People don’t realise that we’re doing this to try and help the local community.”

For more information, please call Lesley Watson on 565 2222.