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Warm hubs launched to help residents with cost-of-living crisis

Mayor Lutfur Rahman at Chrisp Street Idea Store Warm Hub 7 Dec 2022 landscape

Mayor Rahman at Chrisp Street Idea Store Warm Hub

As the cold weather begins to bite and temperatures set to plummet over the coming days, Tower Hamlets Council has set up a series of warm hubs for residents who may be struggling to heat their homes due to soaring energy prices.  

A network of warm hubs will open their doors from today (7 December) to provide people with a safe space to stay warm, socialise and have a hot drink.  

Warm hubs will be running from a number of our Idea Stores and libraries every day during the winter.  

Refreshments will be provided including hot drinks, squash and biscuits. The warm hubs will also be hosting board game sessions to keep residents entertained.  

Staff will also be on hand to signpost people to advice and support services if needed.  

Mayor of Tower Hamlets, Lutfur Rahman, was at Idea Store Chrisp Street helping staff set up the warm hub.   

He said: “As the cost-of-living crisis forces more people to choose between heating and eating, the council is doing all we can to help vulnerable residents. That is why we have launched our warm hubs as we know this winter will be difficult for many people. 

“We have a community feel at our Idea Stores and libraries and we want to invite people to come down and make the most of the space, not only to stay warm, but to socialise and access support if they need it.” 

  • Warm Hubs at Idea Stores Bow, Chrisp Street and Whitechapel are open Monday to Friday from 11am-5pm, Saturday from 11am-4pm and Sunday 12noon-2pm.   

  • Warm Hubs at Cubitt Town and Bethnal Green libraries are open Monday to Thursday from 11am-5pm and Saturday from 11am-4pm.  

Further cost-of-living information and advice, including support to keep warm, is available on the council’s dedicated webpage: www.towerhamlets.gov.uk/costofliving 

Posted on Wednesday 7th December 2022