December 6th 2023, by ccha2120
With the cost of living crisis and cold weather, London councils have opened warm banks across the boroughs. There are public places like libraries or churches where anyone can go for free if they can’t heat their homes.
The Local Government Association has said that councils are ready to work around the clock to keep residents safe during the cold weather. They ask people to check on those who may limit their heating use due to rising energy bills. Warm Welcome Spaces has coordinated a map of generous banks across the UK, with over 3,000 warm spaces this winter and more locations added daily.
What can you expect?
- Warmth – The heated spaces offer refreshments such as tea/coffee. Come in and feel the warmth.
- Welcoming – Everyone can expect a warm welcome from staff and volunteers.
- Free – There are great places to connect with your community and make new friends at no cost.
- Safe – Many safe spaces can also signpost you to other local services supporting you.
What’s available in your area?
- Bromley has a range of churches, community centres, and libraries open as warm hubs this winter.
- Croydon offers leisure centres, community hubs, and churches open for people to keep warm.
- Sutton Council has 8 libraries with generous spaces during regular operating hours this winter.
Stay warm, stay well, stay connected!