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By Elizabeth Arbuckle (Asda Toryglen)

Every week the team from Glasgow's Golden Generation arrive at Asda Toryglen for some retail therapy with a difference. Usually the team shop for around thirty people so the cooks at the day centres can transform fresh produce into healthy meals. However, now that social distancing is in place and the centres have closed, it's a quick supermarket sweep then back to the centre to get bag packing!

Our colleagues have been supporting the work that Glasgow's Golden Generation are doing to help older adult across Glasgow. Our General Store Manager, Chris Davidson, has been able to allocate times for them to shop and this arrangement has been really helpful to the charity to plan ahead.

And as the store's community champion, I'm a volunteer with GGG and have now been supporting the White Heather Club in Castlemilk for over three years. Without the help of volunteers, GGG would not be able to carry on the work that they do and would struggle to reach the older adults who need their help. The White Heather Club isn't able to meet at the moment, so their staff continue to support the older adults who attend via phone.

Everyone at Asda Toryglen is delighted to be able to support Glasgow's Golden Generation and able to help and support older adults at this time of crisis. The blur of bright orange t- shirts has become a familiar sight in our store every week as GGG volunteers ensure they have everything older adults might need as well as a few nice extras!

This charity is close to our heart and the relationship we have build up over the years working with one of GGG's local clubs have had the opportunity to see first hand the fantastic work they do and the difference they make. 

There's an excellent community spirit as we all rise to the challenge to help those in our local community. Everyone working together in this time of crises is helping to build stronger communities for when this is all over.

– Elizabeth, Asda community champion