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New free 'community room' for Gravesend residents

PUBLISHED: 10:59 02 November 2015 | UPDATED: 10:59 02 November 2015

Community life champion at the store, Gina White, with children from Cecil Road School

Community life champion at the store, Gina White, with children from Cecil Road School

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The free to use room has been opened as part of Asda's work within the community

Gravesend’s Asda store on Thames Way has become one of the first in the country to offer local groups a free ‘community room’ they can use.

The store recently underwent a transformation, and during the remodelling process Asda bosses decided it should be fitted with a new community room. The space can be hired out by community groups for use for no cost. From dance classes to mother and toddler groups and health checks. A group of unpaid carers has already booked it for their monthly catch up over a cake and a cuppa.

The free-to-use space is part of company’s attempt to integrate into the community, and help provide an accessible area for any of Gravesend’s groups to meet.

Available to use seven days a week, the community room is a flexible space with capacity to hold 25 people. The room can be booked for use as a standard meeting room, for presentations to large groups or the furniture can be moved to accommodate classes or activities that need a larger open space.

A number of free extras within the room are also offered, including a projector, Wi-Fi and tea and coffee making facilities and free storage, along with a hearing loop and provisions for disabled customers. There is also a smaller consultation room off the main room if a more private setting is required.

Community life champion at the store, Gina White, said: “We’re proud to be able to offer a great space which can be used by the wide variety of classes, groups, charities and organisations in Gravesend at absolutely no charge. We’ve already had a lot of interest from a wide number of groups and it looks like the slots will fill up fast, so I’d advise anyone who’s interested to book online ASAP or pop in to the store to have a chat about how the room can be used.

“The launch of the community meeting room forms part of our remodel, which has thankfully not disrupted the running of the store in the meantime. All of the colleagues at Gravesend are excited to unveil our new look on Thursday November 12.”

The store has also been busy in the community prior to its relaunch. To celebrate Halloween the store’s community life champion visited reception class at nearby Cecil Road School for a fun pumpkin carving class. The children enjoyed the messy class, which included creating Jack O’Lantern designs and decorating spooky shortbread biscuits.

The community room can be booked online at: www.asdacommunityroom.com/store/gravesend

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