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We are the umbrella body for the voluntary and community sector in Southwark. We support charities, community groups and individuals through capacity building, networks and training.

Greater London Authority: Cool Spaces

Over the last three summers the Greater London Authority (GLA) has been running the Cool Spaces initiative, a register and online map of spaces that provide opportunities for people to shelter from the sun, cool down and rest during hot weather. Libraries, leisure centres, places of worship and community centres are among the spaces that have registered in past editions.

Last summer, the UK saw its first ever UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) Level 4 heat alert. The July 2022 heatwave marked the first time the UK had recorded a temperature of 40°C. Cool Spaces played a significant role in helping Londoners locate places of respite during the hot weather.

The GLA would like to invite organisations that manage a space to join the initiative and sign up to support Londoners cope in hot weather this summer.

If your community space is open to all, is cooler than outdoors when it’s hot and can provide free drinking water and seating space for rest and recovery, please complete the Registration form.

The GLA will review the information and add them to the map for 2023.

Online registration form: