Mechanic's Institution Trust

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Welcome Spaces

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A Welcome Space is a council or community venue open for residents to visit or spend time, meet other people, feel safe, find shade in hot weather and warmth in cold weather. It is somewhere to find information about what else is going on in your neighbourhood and to feel welcomed.

These spaces are open to anyone; Visitors won’t be asked why they are there and won’t have to take part in any activities if they don’t wish to. Visit the cost of living webpage for more help and support with the cost of living, including a list of things that you or someone you know can check to increase your income or save money.

The Mechanics’ Institution Trust is working with the Welcome Spaces network in Swindon, and hosts a variety of community events and activities throughout the year.

We are Swindon’s only building preservation trust, but we believe that our unique and significant heritage buildings should be used to benefit our community. While we welcome your involvement in our events and activities, we also open our Central Community Spaces weekly for anyone who wishes to drop by for refreshments, a chat, or to simply make use of our facilities.

Find out more about our upcoming activities.

You can find more information and opening times for the Central Community Centre here.

You can find more information and opening times for the Bakers Cafe here.

To find other spaces across the UK, you may wish to browse the national Warm Welcome Spaces map.

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