Calling all volunteers across London! A new library-based puzzle club needs your support to help combat loneliness

London Libraries are working with Gibsons to create a puzzle and games club for the community to help tackle loneliness

The independent, family-owned British games and puzzles company since 1919, Gibsons, is teaming up with a series of London libraries, including Croydon, Harrow, Hounslow and Ealing, to create its very own ‘puzzle club’ as part of its Piecing Together the Community social initiative. The puzzle club, which is designed to combat loneliness in and around London, is due to launch at the end of September in a bid to bring more local people together, through their love of traditional puzzles and games.

Gibsons is currently seeking puzzle and games enthusiasts across London to help with the launch, and to run the club on a weekly basis. The weekly clubs will be held at Gayton Library in Harrow, Ealing Central Library, Croydon Central Library and Hounslow Library, and will be open to everyone. Gibsons’ mission through the club is to help tackle the growing issue of loneliness in the borough.

Michael Gibson, Chairman of Gibsons commented on the initiative: “Everyone is familiar with completing a puzzle, so what better reason to come together and meet new people, rather than sitting at home alone. These libraries in London are the perfect places for people to meet once a week, share their passion with others and start new friendships.

“Puzzles and games are a great ice-breaker and create conversation between people, which naturally brings them closer together. On top of the physical benefits of exercising the memory, and moving the joints in the arms and hands, puzzles and games have a great social benefit too, which we are celebrating through the Piecing Together the Community social initiative.”

Maria Garcia Iglesias (Adult Services Development Manager) from Cultural Community Solutions (CCS) comments:

“Our London-based libraries are delighted to be involved in such a heart-warming, community spirited initiative. Part of our libraries focus is to capture the heart of the community and we are always looking to offer different activities and clubs to encourage people to come together. With tight budgets, these are only possible with the support of forward-thinking brands like Gibsons.

“Puzzles and games is a new avenue for us, but we are positive that it is going to be a hit, and bring more people out of their homes and into the community.”

Volunteers for the any of the listed libraries above can register their interest by emailing or by calling 0203 551 3954. 


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Note to editors:

About Gibsons

  • Founded in 1919 as H. P. Gibson & Sons Limited.
  • In the late 1970s H P Gibson & Sons shortened its name to ‘Gibsons’.
  • Along with the new jigsaws came new themes, replacing dreary subject matters with delectable new imagery, often drawn by specially commissioned artists. 
  • Gibsons originally had only six puzzle pictures in the range which depicted aerial shots of well-known British landmarks, but nowadays, the range has grown to over 250 titles, running from 2 to 2000 pieces, with over 50 new jigsaw puzzle images added every year. 
  • Gibsons have a broad selection of products for all the family including games and puzzles suitable from pre-school to big school and beyond!
  • The business is still owned and run by the Gibson family.

About Cultural Community Solutions (CCS)

  • CCS is one of the largest providers of public sector library and cultural services in the UK.
  • CCS operate library services on behalf of four London authorities: The London Boroughs of Ealing, Croydon, Harrow and Hounslow.
  • CCS positively presents the value of public libraries to the community, and the range and breadth of activity which takes place within them, from learning to leisure.
  • CCS celebrates literacy campaigns and promotes a love of reading across multiple west London boroughs, as well as champions and supports a wider creative and cultural agenda. 
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