Stevenage Arts & Leisure Centre Used as Community Hub


Stevenage Leisure Limited (SLL) run Stevenage Arts & Leisure Centre has opened up as a community hub to help with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic situation.

On 23rd March 2020, Stevenage Arts & Leisure Centre closed to the public due to government guidelines surrounding the virus outbreak. The centre is an integral part of the Stevenage community, providing entertainment for all at the Gordon Craig Theatre and health and fitness at Stevenage Lifestyles which offers gym, sports and classes to all ages and abilities.

SLL have since worked with Stevenage Borough Council (SBC) to use the centre as one of their distribution hubs. The team assist SBC to provide vital packages to vulnerable people in need during this difficult time.

SLL staff also emptied the vending machines, theatre bars and stock across centre to donate to local NHS staff. A van was loaded up with a fridge containing over 1000 bottles of drink and other supplies. The team delivered this to Lister Hospital in Stevenage where the products were given to the critical care team and the NHS heroes pop-up tent. 

Regional Contract Manager, Allan Prescott, who helped with the delivery, said: “The SLL team wanted to help the local community as much as possible during this difficult time. We made contact to the East & North Herts Trust Hospitals Charity to see if we could help the amazing people that are working to make a difference to Stevenage and beyond. Even a small action can make a huge difference; they deserve all the help and support that we can possibly give.”

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