Date posted 23 Nov 2023

Sobell Leisure Centre in Islington has been designated a Warm Space by GLL, the not-for-profit charitable social enterprise that operates the leisure centres on behalf of Islington 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, and the opportunity to play table tennis or dominoes. 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 Monday & Wednesday 10am-12pm.  Sessions start on the 4th December and no booking is required. 

Commenting on the Warm Spaces initiative Mikael Kiviniemi, Community Sports Manager for GLL in Islington 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.”

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