SSNC Warm Hub Initiative


Hello folks, 

In December 2023 through to March 2024 we brought you The Warm Hub!!

We popped the heating on so you could switch yours off for a while. Does anyone recall the BBC bulletin? As of the morning of 22nd November? Well, electricity and gas bills skyrocketed, they weren’t pretty: many people were forced into difficult decisions choosing whether to heat the home or eat a well-balanced meal. We foresaw that pernickety pennies period – and – we took action by becoming a warm space for people to gravitate to for help and advice during the winter months.  

We had group sessions focusing on bringing people together in the community, supporting them not only with budget plans, and discussing cheaper ways to conserve heat and energy in the home (such as draft excluders), but signposting them to various other non-profit community places – we’d even give them some food and drink and host pub-style games. 

As well as group sessions, we also offered one-to-one support sessions, providing tailored advice about exactly what local people could do to support themselves and each other – and – we made a good cuppa!

 

The half-an-hour one-to-one sessions took place, as follows: 

Tuesday: 5:30 – 6:00pm 

Wednesday: 5:30 – 6:00pm 

Thursday: 5:30 – 6:00pm

A couple other sessions we included are, as follows: 

Tuesday: 10:00am  — 12:00pm  (Crafting, Creating, Jigsaws, Dominoes …etc.)

Thursday: 1:30 – 3:30pm Pub-style games, such as: darts, dominoes, and card games. 

 

Our other sessions centred around more generalised advice for the colder months ahead, as follows: 

Tuesday: 1:30 – 3:30pm 

Wednesday: 1:30 – 3:30pm 

Thursday: 1:30–3:30pm 

Weather came, weather we liked it, or not. And, we were prepared.  

 

Beyond this service offered, we learnt more in speaking to our community members (see your community voice for details) who expressed wanting to have fun, let loose, and decompress. So that was also what we brought to the sessions for our warm spaces. They then brought the laughter, and community, and the lean-to for one another – we were a warm place with warm hearts. 

 

We thoroughly revered being a part of such a rewarding scheme in these winter months, really, we hope we can help our community further in the future: and maybe into the future? 

We have an I.T Suite, hall space for local businesses, and (to the best of our ability) an open-door policy for that very purpose.

However, if you happen to have any suggestions as to what we might do for you in your local community and hold such events/activities at our venue… get in touch via the contact page. We can’t wait to hear from you!

 

 

Below are the links to various other organisations in and around Hull that helped out during this time period!

My Hull

Warm Spaces across Hull now open to the public – Forum (northbankforum.org.uk)

Staywell – Hull CCG

 

 

Author: Emma Penfold – Hall, Wednesday 22nd November 2023

Edit: Emma Penfold – Hall, Wednesday 10th April, 2024