What are Warm Hubs?
Warm Hubs are warm, safe places like village halls and community centres where residents are invited to enjoy a regular, inclusive community-run event. Where they can talk to other people over a hot drink or maybe a hot meal, and also get practical tips and advice on saving energy costs and keeping safe and warm at home. And where they can also find out how to access more specialist advice and support for concerns they may have.
Warm Hubs in Warwickshire and Solihull are accredited by WRCC – events and activities may vary but the focus is always on bringing people back together in a warm, supportive space As our network develops, we can link members together to share ways of helping different communities at this increasingly difficult time. We can also support halls to become more energy efficient and help volunteers access appropriate training, if required.
Each Warm Hub is run by its own local group of volunteers and a member of our team regularly attends events to chat with residents and provide advice on energy related issues. We can also invite other community organisations to provide informal advice and support to residents on other matters affecting their wellbeing.
Organisations WRCC collaborates with include: Act on Energy, Healthwatch Warwickshire, MIND, Fire and Rescue Services, Warwickshire CAVA, VASA, The Big Local, Warwickshire District Foodbank, Mobile Library Service and Compassionate Kenilworth. We’re currently working with WCC, Solihull MBC and Stratford-on-Avon DC to discuss initiatives regarding fuel affordability and energy efficient practices.