Date posted 30 Nov 2023

In partnership with Manchester Active and our colleagues in the Manchester Libraries team, our facilities at Abraham Moss Library & Leisure Centre, Moss Side Leisure Centre & Hulme High Street Library, Belle Vue Sports Village, Hough End Leisure Centre and the National Squash Centre and Regional Arena have been designated as Warm Spaces.

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, use the free WiFi or even have a hot shower.

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.

Commenting on the Warm Spaces initiative Ian Harkins, Head of Service for GLL in Manchester 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.”