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Havering recognises that as the cost of living continues to rise across the country, their residents are going to be feeling the pinch this winter.
The Council have created a one-stop-shop for all of the support that may be out there for residents this winter and beyond, all in one handy place on their website. Financial help and advice | The London Borough Of Havering
The website contains links to the Havering Helps assistance scheme, council tax support, debt management services, energy grants, food banks and community hubs, as well as online benefits calculators so residents can be sure they’re receiving all the support they are entitled to.
The Council will also publish details of any new support schemes, both local and national, in the Living in Havering email bulletin.
Havering Council is working alongside voluntary, community and local organisations, and businesses to set up a network of Warm Spaces across the borough this winter.
These include libraries, leisure centres, community centres, community hubs and other places. They will offer residents a warm welcome and will be free to use for anyone struggling to heat their home over the coming months.
Some venues will also offer hot drinks, activities, and other services such as free Wi-Fi. Warm Spaces will be heated, safe and friendly places where residents can comfortably spend time reading, studying or chatting with others.
The Council is also working with local NHS and voluntary and community partners to set up further Warm Spaces in areas highlighted as the most vulnerable to the cost of living crisis. These additional spaces will respond directly to the needs of the local community, delivering joint services. This could include money advice and energy tips along with COVID boosters and Flu vaccines and other health services.
The launch of Warm Spaces comes alongside the Council’s new cost of living online hub which brings together all of the support available to residents – from financial help with food and energy bills to free school holiday meals and mental health advice.
The Warm Spaces scheme follows the roll-out of the Council’s cost of living roadshows. These drop-in sessions are visiting locations right across the borough – providing residents with help and advice as the cost of living continues to hit our communities.
See the table below for dates and times.