TEA cups were raised at the launch of Wellesbourne’s new Warm Hub set up to combat social isolation.
The new Warm Hub runs every Monday at Wellesbourne Sports and Community Centre and follows on from temporary weekly community cafes previously held at the centre by Warwickshire Rural Community Council’s (WRCC) Mobile Warm Hub team.
The warm hub project, run by Wellesbourne-based rural charity WRCC and supported by local gas distribution network Cadent Gas, helps communities in Warwickshire fight social isolation.
It helps to create inclusive, accessible events where local people can meet up, make new connections, and get more information about community support groups.
Residents can also get free advice on reducing their energy bills and practical tips on keeping warm and safe at home, as well as carbon monoxide alarms and room thermometers.
Wellesbourne and Walton Parish Council Chair Anne Prior told the Observer: “We’re very pleased to support this sociable activity started by the Mobile Warm Hub team at our fantastic sports and community centre. We hope to reach even more village residents now that the weekly coffee afternoon is becoming a permanent event”.
Graeme Russell, Wellesbourne Methodist Church and Community Missioner, added: “We feel it’s important to have a regular place for local people to come, regardless of their circumstances or situation, where they can find a friendly face, a hot drink, and a conversation – we’re looking forward to seeing new people and making new friendships”.
And WRCC Warm Hubs Project Co-ordinator Anne White said: “We’re excited to welcome Wellesbourne as the fourth Warm Hub in our expanding network. Thank you to Anne, Graeme and all our regulars who have made Sue and me feel so welcome over the past few months – we’ll definitely be keeping in touch and calling in for coffee and chats”.
Wellesbourne’s Warm Hub event runs every Monday afternoon from 2.00pm – 3.30pm at the Sports and Community Centre in Loxley Close. Free refreshments are served and everyone is welcome.