Places for People – the UK’s leading Social Enterprise – has funded a new Warm Hub for people in Bradford this winter.

The Hub will be open at Lower Grange Community Centre on Chaffinch Road. All members of the community are invited to drop-in to the sessions from now through to March – offering locals a chance to meet new people, and join in other activities while staying warm.

Marcus Hulme, director of Places Impact, Places for People explained: “We know that people are acutely struggling with increasing energy costs and broader costs of living. We are finding ways to help, offering a space for those in need to have somewhere not only safe and warm, but a place in which they can socialise and be part of a community.

“We are proud to open this new Hub for people in Bradford – somewhere we hope makes a small difference at this challenging time.”

Places for People has long supported the team at Lower Grange; the operation offers the local community access to activities, warmth and food – including the award winning ‘Grub in the Hub’ initiative which helps people access affordable food. Speaking of the new Warm Hub, centre manager, Alex Dilger said: “With Places for People support we’ve already upscaled at speed – be that through our Grub initiative, or by giving local people access to job opportunities, reducing anti-social behaviour and making local lives better.

“We are delighted to once again have the support of Places for People as we strive to help our community in this challenging winter.”

Marcus concluded: “The cost-of-living crisis is having a significant impact on our Customers and communities and that is why we have prioritised establishing a network of Warm Hubs across the country to support all those in need this winter.”

Warm Hubs aim to support local people who may be at risk of fuel poverty or may be feeling lonely or isolated. A Warm Hub can be any community building and will provide a confidential, warm, and friendly environment for people to socialise over refreshments and take part in activities.