Asda’s community engagement launch

Julie Dennis and Maxine Armstrong of the Wigan and Leigh Hospice, PCSO Keith Winstanley, Gwen Carey of Leigh Central Sure Start Children's Centre, Asda community champion Amandajane Skeet, duty manager Stuart Allison, community champion Cathy Jones, staff member Shirley Lloyd and Coun Sue Greensmith at the launch of Asda Community Life
Julie Dennis and Maxine Armstrong of the Wigan and Leigh Hospice, PCSO Keith Winstanley, Gwen Carey of Leigh Central Sure Start Children's Centre, Asda community champion Amandajane Skeet, duty manager Stuart Allison, community champion Cathy Jones, staff member Shirley Lloyd and Coun Sue Greensmith at the launch of Asda Community Life

A SUPERMARKET is determined to play a bigger role in Leigh life after launching a new community engagement project.

The Asda store on Atherleigh Way has started Community Life, with a dedicated team of staff and display board to help keep shoppers up to date with local events and issues.

The supermarket has appointed staff member Amandajane Skeet to be its new community champion, who will work with three other staff.

They will also have their own area of the store, including a new display board, to keep customers up to date with what is happening in Leigh.

The store launched the new scheme with a display in the store foyer from the hospice and children’s centre to raise awareness of their work, and crime prevention officers dropped in to discuss community safety.

Staff members also arranged a charity cake sale for the opening day.

Community Life will work around a different theme for each quarter of the year, with ideas for future topics including health, the environment and issues facing young people.

Store manager Mark Hill said: “We have created the community champion role as we’re going to ring-fencing hours for Amanda and her team to work not just with, but within the community.

“It’s an exciting development for us and we’re ready for the challenge as investing time, labour and funds in our community will help ensure we’re doing as much as we can to make it the best it can be.”