Date posted 27 Nov 2023

Workington Leisure Centre in Allerdale has been designated a Warm Space by GLL, the not-for-profit charitable social enterprise that operates it on behalf of Cumberland Council.

The new initiative has been set up in response to this winter’s cost of living crisis and will offer anyone living in the vicinity of a participating leisure centre a warm welcome, comfortable seating, the opportunity to charge a phone or device and use the free WiFi .  In addition, leading wholesale food service company Brakes, has agreed to donate free tea, coffee and biscuits.

The Warm Space will be open to all, both leisure centre members and non-members alike on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10am – 2pm starting on Tuesday 5th December.   The scheme is also being supported by AgeUK.  

Commenting on the Warm Spaces initiative Garry Schubert , General Manager at Workington Leisure Centre said: “As a facility at the heart of our local community we quickly became aware that a number of local residents were concerned that they might struggle to heat their homes this winter and as a charitable social enterprise we wanted to help.

Leisure centres are ideally suited to serve as warm spaces, they are easily accessible, known to everyone and a natural meeting place.  Our staff will be on hand to offer a warm welcome to anyone wishing to make the most of our warm space during the difficult months ahead.”