Local organisations got together recently to co-ordinate their responses to the Cost of Living crisis.
One idea was to start a network of “warm hubs” locally.
Richard Coward, one of the churchwardens at St. Nicolas Church, Newbury has made this announcement:
“As with a number of other churches in Newbury, St. Nicolas church is opening up a warm hub in response to the cost-of-living crisis. We hope to be open every Thursday afternoon in St Nicolas Church hall from about 12.30pm, after the regular coffee morning, until 4.30pm. Our aim is to provide a warm and welcoming space together with free refreshments for the whole afternoon. Our hope is to provide for all ages and to build up some level of activities over time as we discover what those coming along want. We are looking to run this through until the weather gets warmer next spring as a service to our community. We anticipate that this will perhaps work for people who are living in the centre of Newbury or perhaps come into town and are looking for a warm, safe refuge.”