Community

We’ve teamed up with the Active Communities Network in Northern Ireland to help young people gain key skills through sport and work placements.

Active Communities partnership

The Asda Foundation has supported the programme with a £600,000 grant to fund a series of “Sports hubs” in deprived areas. This month we were delighted to launch the first of these at Youth Sports Omagh to help young people in the Fermanagh and Omagh District Council areas. The launch event included a fun 5-a-side football tournament for local children. Colleagues from our stores in Northern Ireland will also be volunteering their time to support the programme.

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Posted in Community on 25 August 2015
Community

We’ve been a keen supporter of the Willow Garden Project in Fleetwood ever since it launched two years ago – and this month we’ve been back painting sheds!

Sheds at Willow Garden

Our Community Life Champion Layla, store manager Lee and managers Craig and Mark all pitched in to give the sheds a fresh new look, and we’ll also be painting the fencing to match.

Layla said: “It was great fun. They looked fab afterwards and it was a competition to see which side was the best!”

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Posted in Community on 24 August 2015
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Little Harry Charles loves Asda vans so – we arranged for a birthday surprise for him after his mum Karen Sharpe contacted us on Facebook!

Harry in the van

Our Community Life Champion Maxine – who is pictured on the side of some of our Home Shopping vans – accompanied our Home shopping driver Ryan to deliver a very special birthday cake along with the family’s weekly shopping.

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Posted in News & Blogs on 10 July 2015
Community

There are up to 72 cats at any one time at the RSPCA’s cattery in York waiting to be rehomed – like 16-year-old Tigger in this photo.

Andy and Angela helped deliver the new washer!

As you can imagine that’s a lot of bedding and toys which need washing daily – so when the cattery’s washing machine was on its last legs the Friends of York and District RSPCA launched an appeal to raise money for a new one.

Andy Watson, the manager at our Monks Cross store in York, spotted the appeal on Twitter and got in touch to say he could help – and then organised a surprise delivery!

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Posted in Community on 08 July 2015
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We’ve raised almost £156,000 for Scottish social enterprises and community projects through our carrier bag fund.

As part of the Scottish Government’s carrier bag charge, customers in Scotland have been paying 5p for each carrier bag they use. We pledged to donate half of the funds from the bag charge to support social enterprises and community projects across Scotland.

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As part of our pledge we’ve given half of our Community Capital Fund to Social Investment Scotland (SIS), which has awarded the funding to five community-based social enterprises across the country.

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Posted in News & Blogs on 12 June 2015