22 new cold weather hubs now available in Greenwich – South London News

Greenwich council is funding 22 warm spaces across the borough for residents facing extreme fuel poverty and unable to heat their homes. 

Greenwich was able to allocate a total of £61,000, rather than £50,000 initially announced for local organisations to open and run warm spaces across the borough, providing vital winter support for residents until April. 

The successful bids have joined a growing list of cold weather hubs on offer across the borough, providing a warm and welcoming space for residents to visit and sit, with some locations dedicating specific support for young families, the homeless, LGBTQ+ communities, the elderly and residents on low incomes, as well as activities to tackle loneliness.   

Cllr Anthony Okereke, leader of the council, said: “No one in our borough should have to choose between heating and eating this winter, but sadly that is the reality so many face.

“This is not just a crisis of personal finances but will have dire consequences for people’s wider health and well-being, which is why warm and welcoming spaces are vital in offering support locally.” 

Grants of between £300 and £3,000 have been issued to the warm space which can be found at https://www.royalgreenwich.gov.uk/warm-spaces

Residents struggling with benefits, everyday costs, food and supporting their families can visit Greenwich Supports. People can also find a map of support in the borough at royalgreenwich.gov.uk/greenwich-supports-map 

Pictured top: Middle Park Community Centre is among the grant recipients for Warm Spaces funding. Pictured are management and support staff at the centre with councillors Rachel Taggart-Ryan (far left), Sandra Bauer (third from the left) and Asli Mohammed, (far right). (Picture: Greenwich council)