A number of accessible sites will be used as welcoming community winter hubs across the borough this winter, to provide a warm, safe and sociable space to those who need it.
Bracknell Forest Council has identified several libraries, as well as the community hub in Time Square, to welcome visitors to enjoy a range of activities and resources, including computers, books and games. Visitors are welcome to bring along their own books, games or activities, but we kindly request visitors to be mindful of others in the same space and respect the usual day-to-day use of each location.
Households in Bracknell Forest and across the UK are seeing increasing financial pressures with the general cost-of-living increasing. Many households may be making difficult decisions to cut back on their spending this winter. With energy prices rising, residents may be concerned about the costs of heating their home.
Cllr Dale Birch, executive member for adult services, health, and housing, said:
“The community winter hubs offer welcoming and safe spaces in our borough. We want to support our residents to stay healthy, active and connected with others over the winter months. These friendly community spaces are open and accessible for all, and offer those who may feel isolated at home, a safe space to visit.”
The council is also working closely with partners in the voluntary, community and faith sector to connect more spaces and activities with residents. These include community cafés, church coffee mornings and other regular events.
Residents are asked to keep an eye out for news about the Five Ways of Winter Wellness campaign launching soon. This new offer for residents includes advice on how to stay well during winter, as well as hosting a variety of activities at other spaces across the borough to keep people healthy and moving. News will be shared on our website and social media channels.
Please visit our community winter hubs webpage for more details, including opening times.