HILLINGDON Sports and Leisure Complex in Uxbridge will become a welcoming venue to people in need this winter.

It has been designated a Warm Space by GLL, the not-for-profit charitable social enterprise that operates the borough’s leisure centres.

This is the second year of the Warm Spaces initiative and offers 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, food wholesaler Brakes has agreed to donate free tea, coffee and biscuits.

The Warm Space is open to leisure centre members and non-members on Mondays and Fridays from 12-1pm.

Already, on the first Monday of every month from 10am-12, residents over the age of 50 can attend the complex's Senior Club free of charge. The scheme is also being supported by Carers UK and Age UK Hillingdon.

Chris Parker, general manager for Hillingdon Sports and Leisure, said, “As a facility at the heart of our community, we quickly became aware that a number of residents were concerned they might struggle to heat their homes 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.”