Warm Spaces in libraries and hubs welcome residents

20 December 2022

More than 40 people have benefited from Warm Spaces that have been set up in Thurrock Council's libraries and hubs for the winter months.

Since Monday 28 November, 45 people have visited the free, safe and supportive Warm Spaces where they have been given free hot drinks, alongside accessing free wi-fi, computers, local information support and more.

Residents can access Warm Spaces between 2pm and 4pm on the following days:

  • Mondays – at Tilbury Library
  • Tuesdays – at Aveley Library, Chadwell Library and Purfleet Library
  • Wednesdays – at Belhus Library and Stanford-le-Hope Library
  • Thursdays – at Grays Library, East Tilbury Library and Purfleet Library
  • Fridays – at Corringham Library

Cllr Qaisar Abbas, Cabinet Member for Communities and Equalities, said: "Teams in our libraries and hubs offer welcoming spaces and free services all year round to our residents and visitors. However, we're boosting this offer as part of the Warm Spaces initiative in the colder, winter months with a free hot drink between 2pm and 4pm.

"These will still be available over the festive period to ensure anyone who needs to access a Warm Space during this time, can, including those who find this season difficult and lonely.

"We’re grateful to a number of organisations who have helped to support these Warm Spaces and made this initiative possible. Thank you."

Corringham Integrated Medical and Wellbeing Centre also hosts a Warm Space at The Sorrells, Stanford-le-Hope, SS17 7ES on Thursdays between 10am and 2pm. Hot drinks are available, and this space is open over the festive period.

Find a list of the Warm Spaces across Thurrock, as well as information about other support available, at Stronger Together: Support for Residents.

More information is available on support with the cost of living and Warm Spaces at Thurrock libraries. Check library opening hours during the Christmas and New Year period.