Asda’s commitment to local community

Community representatives and staff members attend the launch of Community Life at the Asda store in New Road. (
Community representatives and staff members attend the launch of Community Life at the Asda store in New Road. (

Asda Forfar unveiled its commitment to the local area last week with the launch of ‘Community Life’.

Nigel Don MSP joined Asda’s new Community Life Champion, Andrea Logan, and store manager Robert Hallyburton to officially unveil the store’s new community board.

Andrea has been appointed the store’s Community Life Champion and will own a dedicated area of the store which will keep customers up to date with the new initiative.

Robert said: “Community Life is about making the communities around our store a better place to live and work for our colleagues and customers. We have created the Community Life Champion as we’re going to ring-fence hours for Andrea 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 Forfar the best it can be.”

Asda Community Life will focus on a different topic each quarter of the year including health, the environment, young people and living and working in the local community.

Andrea is also appealing for local people to vote for a local good cause to receive a £200 donation from the Asda Foundation, the supermarket’s charity.

Called ‘Chosen by you... given by us’, three local not-for-profit organisations have been shortlisted.

They are The Pitstop, Strathmore Nursery and the 6th Forfar Scouts and the good cause with the most votes will receive a donation to help improve the lives of local people.

Customers can vote in-store by putting tokens, handed out at the tills, in to one of three marked boxes next to the store’s community board. Voting will take place throughout the next two months, before the winner is announced in April.

Robert Hallyburton added: “We wanted to give local people the opportunity to play a part in selecting the organisation or charity that will benefit from our support. We’re really keen to help the local community in any way we can, so introduced the voting system as a new way of ensuring we are doing our best to support local people.”

The £200 has been funded by the Asda Foundation, which was set up in 1988 to support local good causes chosen by Asda colleagues, and is funded by profits from the mid–week national lottery.