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NEW ADDITION: Garston leisure centre joins expanding network of welcoming spaces

 Published on: 5th March 2023   |   By: Megan Milstead   |   Category: Uncategorized

Watford Borough Council is expanding its network of Welcoming Spaces across the area, and Watford Leisure Centre Woodside in Garston has become the newest addition.

The initiative was launched last year to support local people through the cost-of-living crisis, and provides spaces where people can keep warm and save money on their heating bills, as well as look after their physical and mental health.

The Welcoming Space at Woodside also offers free soft play sessions for local families.

Gary Foley, contract manager at Everyone Active, said: “We know this winter has been difficult for many people, so we want everyone to know they have a safe and warm place to visit.

“We have a community feel at our leisure centres and we want to invite people to come down and make the most of the space, not only to stay warm, but to socialise with friends or to use as a co-working area.

“It’s a free-of-charge offer to just come in and spend time with us, safe and warm.”

The space is open on Mondays from 12.45pm to 1.45pm, and Tuesdays from 1.30pm to 2.30pm.

Elected Mayor of Watford Peter Taylor said: “During these difficult times, it’s been great to see local businesses and community groups step up to provide safe and warm hubs for all. We now have a significant number of hubs dotted across the town so you’re never too far away from a space.

“We’re looking forward to extending our network and encourage organisations of all types to take advantage of the funding available to set up their own spaces.”

To see the full list of Welcoming Spaces, visit

www.watford.gov.uk/cost-living-support/find-welcoming-space-watford

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