Shoppers combined a trip to the supermarket with finding out advice about health and well-being, personal safety and volunteering opportunities at a community event in Dunstable last Friday.
The Dunstable Community Engagement Day was held outside Asda and in Ashton Square, as well as volunteers sprucing up parts of Dog Kennel Walk and a garage block as part of the day.
It was run by Central Bedfordshire’s Community Safety Partnership, in partnership with Dunstable Town Council.
Shoppers at Asda took full advantage of the various stalls outside the superstore, which included the Healthwatch RAVE (Rural Area Vehicle for Education) bus, with staff carrying out surveys about NHS provision; the Road Victims Trust promoting volunteering opportunities in the area; and Bedfordshire Police, whose community safety officers were offering advice about Neighbourhood Watch schemes and offering bike marking and number plate securing.
A number of different departments from Central Bedfordshire Council were at the event including Trading Standards, Community Safety, Domestic Violence, Waste, Housing, Community Safety, Youth Offending, Public Protection, Community Health and Wellbeing, Housing and the Handy Van Service.
Councillor Brian Spurr, Executive Member for Community Services, said: “It was brilliant that Asda allowed various organisations to set up stall outside their store, because the amount of people coming and going meant they were constantly busy.
“It was great to see Ashton Square lined with so many stalls too, and I know from the feedback that visitors gained some really useful advice.
“I would like to thank the Community Safety Partnership for organising the three events this summer and I imagine they are already working to look at how to make next year’s events even bigger and better.”
For more information about the work of the Community Safety Partnership, visit www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/communitysafety