People will now be able to meet at a new community centre which has opened within a town centre supermarket.
Asda in Rushden has opened a dedicated space for not-for-profit organisations to use free of charge as part of its community life scheme.
The store is appealing for groups to sign-up to use the space. It could include schools, skills trainers, homework clubs, health clubs, neighbourhood watch, teaching courses and community police events.
Store manager Gail Fitt said: “We are opening up our training room at no cost because we realise that having a space to sit down and meet is becoming increasingly harder for not-for-profit organisations.
“There is no cost to the organisation and there is no requirement for anyone using the space to shop at the store.”
Service Six, a charity which provides free support, counselling and activities to children and young people, is the first organisation making use of the room.
The charity’s chief executive Jane Deamer said: “We are really pleased to be working in partnership with Asda in Rushden.
“Large businesses, such as Asda, giving time and resources to local community charities is a fantastic approach and we are extremely grateful.”
Asda requires eight weeks notice and evidence of public liability insurance for bookings.
For further details about the facility contact Billie Calland on 01933 417100.