Leyton News

Warm hub set to re-open doors in Leyton over winter

The Seddon Centre will be open every Wednesday afternoon from 6th December. It aims to support local people battling rising living costs and social isolation

The Seddon Centre, Credit: L&Q

A warm hub is reopening its doors in Leyton to help those struggling to heat their homes this winter.

Housing association and social landlord London & Quadrant (L&Q) ran its free warm hub at the Seddon Centre in Leyton last winter, and it will be open again every Wednesday from 12-4 pm, starting Wednesday 6 December.

L&Q describe the hub as a “warm, friendly space for people to come and get a hot drink, make friends, play games and engage with staff who can offer free employment and financial advice”.

Last winter, three of the social landlord’s flagship community centres hosted warm hubs. According to L&Q, 144 residents visited in total, with attendance going up each month it was open.

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Matt Corbett, director of L&Q Foundation said: “The cost of living remains a real challenge for low-income households. We surveyed our residents last year and found that 60% expected they would have to choose between heating and eating over the winter. This was before the higher costs for heating homes took hold –  with Ofgem announcing that energy prices will rise again in January.

In times of economic hardship, our duty to help those that are less well-off is more important than ever. That’s why we’re re-opening our hubs this year, offering local people a warm meeting place and home away from home.”

Several free indoor activities and events will be taking place at the at the Seddon Centre, including roller skating sessions for families.

Last winter, Waltham Forest Council used 44 buildings and community venues across the borough to offer residents support and advice. The venues used were either community living rooms, community kitchens, or libraries.

The Seddon Centre is at 33 Clydes Place, E10 5AS. 

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