The Grimsby Town Foundation’s ‘Warm space’ initiative continues to support people in our community who are most in need of help during the winter months.

Back in December, we announced that Grimsby Town Foundation had partnered up with local community interest company ‘We Are Fish’ and the ‘Household Support Fund’ to deliver more Warm Space events at Blundell Park.

On Monday evenings until the beginning of March, the Pro-Ampac Lounge at Blundell Park becomes a safe haven for people of all ages, who live within walking distance of the football ground, to come and socialise, play games, enjoy a warm meal and complete homework or even just relax in a warm environment. It also allows families the opportunity to switch off their heating at home and save money.

The Household Support Fund is council-run and is aimed at families or individuals who struggle to pay for essentials, such as food, heating, energy and water bills. By partnering with the Grimsby Town Foundation, we have been able to make sure these provisions reach people in the community who are most in need of the support.

Tom Ferriby-Gotts, of the Grimsby Town Foundation, supports the delivery of ‘Warm Space’ every week. “It was something that we noticed a need for within the community,” Tom said.

“This Club has always been a community hub and a symbol to a lot of people. We felt that Warm Space was something that could really help people who really need it.

“Money was tight at the time, and we looked around and there were a lot of families out there that were struggling, and we thought that this was a great facility that we could get people involved in.

“It’s been a really popular provision so it’s clear there was a need for it.”

Warm Space is just one of several community-focused initiatives which doesn’t draw upon the football coaching and sports skills provisions the Foundation was perhaps previously known for. But it’s something which allows those involved to see a different side of the community and the impact it can have on people.

“It’s a change from the usual coaching side of things,” he explained.

“I love coming every week and sitting and drawing with the kids, whether that’s drawing pictures for them to then colour in or showing them to draw something like a dog for example. It’s barrels of fun and it’s something different that I’m really glad I got involved with.”

If you’d like to know more about Warm Space or would like to attend one of the future events, call 01472 696481 or email office@grimsbytownfoundation.co.uk.

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