Hounslow Council has announced a network of over 30 Warm Spaces across the borough, so people have somewhere to go if they cannot afford to keep the heating on at home.
Published: Wednesday, 23rd November 2022
Everyone is welcome, and can stay as long as they like, space permitting and dependent on individual opening times.*
The vast majority will offer a hot drink and access to wi-fi, while some will be offering hot food. Others include specific activities, spaces for work/recreation and access to books and games, including many child-friendly spaces.
Commenting on the development of the warm spaces network, Council Leader, Councillor Shantanu Rajawat, said: “It’s regrettable that in 2022, we find ourselves identifying warm spaces for residents unable to heat their homes affordably. Nevertheless, Hounslow has displayed a true sense of community, pulling together during a difficult time for many who deserve greater central support. This network is developing by the day, and we thank our vibrant voluntary sector, multi-faith community and Council partners for mobilising so swiftly. Watch this space for more participating organisations over the coming weeks.”
Sue Wood, Community Development Lead at Hope Church in Hounslow added: “We’re delighted to be part of such a diverse support network. We partner with the Council’s Community Solutions team on a weekly basis and host a variety of initiatives for local people and look forward to embracing the concept of Warm Spaces. It’s a natural development for us.”
*Participating organisations are growing daily, so residents can check whether there’s a warm space near them, including opening times, by visiting: https://www.hounslow.gov.uk/warmspaces