Warm hubs set up across East Devon to help with the cost-of-living crisis have already helped more than 300 people after a fortnight of opening.
Becca Gliddon eastdevonnews.co.uk
East Devon District Council (EDDC) said the reaction to the warm spaces – in Axminster, Broadclyst, Exmouth, Honiton, Ottery St Mary, Seaton, Sidmouth and Woodbury – was ‘overwhelmingly positive’.
A number of spaces and EDDC community centres have been identified as warm hubs, and were set up at at the end of November as places to go for people struggling to heat their homes – they can have free hot drinks, snacks, daily papers and game, plus pick up free gloves, hats and blankets.
And Waffle Seaton is open on Mondays for EDDC tenants to have free tea, coffee and toast all day.
The district council said the warm hubs will run until the beginning of April 2023 with a wide range of activities starting in the New Year.
EDDC urged residents to go along, make new friends, and keep warm.
Christmas lunch has been on the menu at the warm hubs.Photo: EDDC.
Councillor Dan Ledger, portfolio holder for strategic development, sustainable homes and communities, said: “It’s really heartening to see residents utilising this project to socialise and interact with each other.
“I cannot thank the officers enough who have been involved in setting these sessions up and delivering them.”
An EDDC spokesperson said: “More than 300 people have made the most out of the ten warm hubs opened across East Devon, in response to the cost-of-living crisis.
“East Devon District Council’s housing service has seen an overwhelmingly positive response to the project during its first two weeks.”
They added: “Officers, along with the help of volunteers, help provide a warm space for residents to play games, have hot drinks and snacks, meet neighbours and friends and collect free warm items such as bed socks, blankets and woolly hats.
“In the run up to the festive season, the hubs have also provided over 100 free Christmas lunches to all visitors, which has proved extremely popular.”
An East Devon warm hub Christmas party.Photo: EDDC
The warm hubs, and opening times, are:
|Sunday||Axminster||Millwey Community Centre, EX13 5EW||9.30am – 11.30am||Anthony Chape (minister in training)|
|Monday||Exmouth||Burnside Community Centre, Withycombe, EX8 3AQ||10am – 4pm||EDDC|
|Honiton||Dunning Court Community Centre, nr Thelma Hulbert Gallery, EX14 1FQ||10am – 4pm||EDDC|
|Seaton||Waffle Café, Seaton Community Hospital, EX12 2UU||9am – 4pm||Waffle Seaton|
|Tuesday||Sidmouth||Trumps Court, nr the Ham Carpark, EX10 8BL||10am – 4pm||EDDC|
|Axminster||Millwey Community Centre, EX13 5EW||10am – 4pm||EDDC|
|Exmouth||Bidmead Community Centre, EX8 2TF||10am – 4pm||EDDC|
|Wednesday||Broadclyst||Broadview Community Centre, EX5 3HA||10am – 4pm||EDDC|
|Exmouth||Bidmead Community Centre, EX8 2TF||1.45 – 5pm||Littleham Community Fridge|
|Thursday||Ottery||Yonder Close Community Centre, EX11 1HE||10am – 4pm||EDDC|
|Sidmouth||Lymebourne Community Centre, EX10 9HZ||10am – 4pm||EDDC|
|Friday||Woodbury||Park Close Community Centre||10am – 4pm||EDDC|