‘Warm hubs’ launched for those who can’t heat their own homes in Surrey

‘Warm hubs’ have been launched across Surrey for those who can’t heat their own homes. The network is there to support residents who will be affected by the cost-of-living and energy crisis.

Surrey County Council, district, borough and town and parish councils have been working together with Surrey’s faith and community groups on the project. Surrey County Council says that it’s essential to help those who are being forced to make difficult decisions on whether to heat their homes or eat three meals a day.

In a post, the council said that many homes are poorly insulated which, combined with extreme weather as a result of climate change, means this winter could be even harder.

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It went on: “That’s why a network of warm hubs has been set up across Surrey to provide support to residents in these challenging times. The warm hubs are spaces across the county, where people can drop in, get warm, have a hot drink and be in the company of other people.

“Very simply a place to get warm. There will also be people on hand to give free energy advice.”

There are currently nearly 70 of these warm spaces that have been opened up in a variety of community spaces including community and church halls, libraries, leisure centres and even museums across the county.

Councillor Marisa Heath, cabinet member for environment said: “Having been through Covid-19 we saw how communities in Surrey pulled together to support one another, particularly looking out for the most vulnerable amongst us. And once again through the provision of this network of warm hubs, we can see all sectors of the community working together to provide a warm space for those who may be struggling to keep warm this winter.

“This provision is open to everyone, it’s a free service that is quite simply a space for people to come and get warm and mix with others from their community. It also provides the opportunity for people to get some free energy advice which can help them to make sure they are using their energy most efficiently and know where to go to for any support that is out there which can help them to make any improvements.”

Where are the warm hubs in Surrey

Elmbridge

  • Claygate Centre for the Community
  • Cobham Centre for the Community
  • Cobham Library
  • Hersham Centre for the Community
  • Molesey Centre for the Community
  • Thames Ditton Centre for the Community
  • Walton Centre for the Community
  • Walton Library
  • Weybridge Centre for the Community

Epsom and Ewell

  • Epsom Methodist Church, Roots Community Cafe
  • Epsom Library
  • Ewell Library
  • Ruxley Church

Guildford

  • Ash Library
  • Guildford Library
  • Guildford United Reformed Church
  • Oak Cafe, St Peters Shared Church
  • St Mary’s Church Ash Vale

Mole Valley

  • Dorking Library
  • Harvest Community Church
  • Fairfield Centre

Reigate and Banstead

  • Holy Trinity Church, Redhill
  • Horley Baptist Church
  • Merland Rise Church, Tadworth
  • Merstham Mix
  • Redhill Library
  • Salfords Village Hall

Runnymede

  • Hebrews Coffee Shop
  • St Paul’s Egham Hythe

Spelthorne

  • Ashford Library
  • St Paul’s Egham Hythe
  • Staines Library

Surrey Heath

  • Camberley Library
  • Frimley Green Methodist Church
  • Frimley Library
  • St Martins Church

Tandridge

  • Caterham Valley Library
  • Dormansland War Memorial Hall
  • Lingfield and Dormansland Community Centre
  • Oxted Library
  • St Bernard’s Catholic Church
  • St John’s the Evangelist Church
  • St Peters and St Pauls Church
  • Victoria Sports Social Club
  • Westway Centre

Waverley

  • Clockhouse Centre Chapel (Age UK Surrey)
  • Farnham Library
  • Godalming Library
  • Hale Community Centre
  • Haslemere Town Hall
  • Haslemere Educational Museum
  • Pathways
  • St Marks Church and Community Centre
  • The Link
  • The Rectory, Parish of Badshot Lea and Hale

Woking

  • Andy’s Community Cafe
  • Eastwood Leisure Centre
  • Holy Trinity, Knaphill
  • Lightbox
  • Mascot Hub
  • Renew 88
  • Salvation Army, Sythwood
  • St Mary Of Bethany Church
  • St Michaels Church
  • St Saviour’s Church, Knaphill
  • Woking Library

For more information on the opening times and addresses of these warm hubs in Surrey, people can visit: surreycc.gov.uk/warmhubs

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