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PremierLeague-News.Com- The Haddenham volunteers hope to turn the warm hub in to a lasting community centre for the village.
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Since opening its doors around five weeks ago, the Haddenham Warm Hub volunteers have now welcomed 500 people into the centre. A warm welcome and a hot drink are offered to all as well as conversation and activities for those who want, or just a warm space to quietly work for others. Increases to energy prices and the cost of living have led to organisations opening warm banks to offer people a warm space to visit this winter. The Haddenham Warm Hub, based in the Haddenham Sports and Social Club, is one of 13 similar hubs that have opened in East Cambridgeshire this year. The volunteers behind the warm hub held an official launch to mark the opening of the hub yesterday (November 22), with representatives from Cambridgeshire ACRE and East Cambridgeshire District Council. The charity Cambridgeshire ACRE received NHS funding to help set up warm hubs across South Cambridgeshire and East Cambridgeshire. Other districts in the county have also set up warm banks. Read more: Update on Wisbech Rail as Combined Authority looks at different options 'None of us ran a warm hub before - we've gelled together to come up with creative ideas' Robin Gildersleeve, the lead volunteer at the Haddenham Warm Hub, said if he and his team of 20 volunteers were able to help just one person, then opening the hub would have been worth it. He said: “All of us learned on the job, none of us had run a warm hub before, we all have different backgrounds, different skills and experiences, we have gelled together and come up with creative ideas. “We do an awful lot of listening and get to respond to what the community wants, trying on a daily basis to see what works best, what will get the most people through the door. It seems to be working, five to six weeks in, which has gone really quickly, the numbers have gone up dramatically to 500 now. “For my own point of view it gives you huge satisfaction, [but there is a] sadness about it. The cost of living crisis, the fact that we need warm hubs and we need food banks, so you have to recognise that. But we are not going to sit back and moan and groan, we are drivers, all of us get out there and try to make a difference. If we help just one person feel better about their life, then it is worth doing.” Haddenham Warm Hub, based in the Haddenham Sports and Social Club (Image: LDRS) Robin said that people from all backgrounds had been visiting the hub since it opened. He said: “We have parents and their children, we have people of all ages come, people come off the allotments and have a cup tea with us, there is someone doing a midwives training course who comes here with headphones on to listen to lectures, business people come work in the corner, all ages and all backgrounds. “We are just creating a warm welcoming space where people can have company if they want, we don’t force conversation if someone wants to sit in a corner on their own.
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.” The Haddenham Warm Hub is open five days a week between 9am and 3pm. The initial funding from Cambridgeshire ACRE funded some of the days, but additional funding from East Cambridgeshire District Council and business sponsorships enabled the team to pay the costs of opening the other days during the week. Robin said: “We said at the beginning we wanted to open five days a week, if you wake up on Monday morning and need to make a decision whether to heat or eat, it doesn’t help if the hub is open on Thursday in our opinion, so we do everyday nine until three.” 'We want to keep banging the drum to keep this open all year round' Robin said he also hopes to turn the warm hub into a permanent community centre, supporting people throughout the year. He said: “I think our community deserves community hub, a place of inspiration, relaxation, information, advice, a place where you can go for one to one training, IT, employment skills, a place secondary school children can have a homework club, somewhere for them to go, in essence a true community space for everyone. Not just in winter, but the whole year round and we are determined to keep banging that drum.” Kirsten Bennett, Chief Executive Cambridgeshire ACRE, said the warm banks were not just about providing warm spaces this winter, but also helping communities come together. She said: “It is very community driven, the hubs take the shape of what the community needs and wants. Some open two times a week, others open, like this, all week.
Haddenham Warm Hub, based in the Haddenham Sports and Social Club (Image: LDRS) “They have had nearly 500 people through the door here since it opened six weeks ago, which is a phenomenal response to it. The cost of living, all people are struggling with things, but it is also about communities coming together, and friendship, you do get isolation in rural communities. I think it has given people the impetus to come together helping neighbours. Councillor Anna Bailey, the leader of East Cambridgeshire District Council, said: “It is heartwarming to see, I understand they have got their 500th visitor through the door today. It is just a totally heartwarming response from communities across the district really. I think it is so much more than keeping warm and dealing with cost living, it is about community. It feels like an extension of what was going on covid. They have 20 volunteers here making it work, it is just a fantastic response and just shows that spirit is alive and well across East Cambridgeshire, which I knew it would be.” READ MORE: Update on Wisbech Rail as Combined Authority looks at different options St Neots garages to be demolished for new homes despite overdevelopment fears Vulnerable woman, 79, 'spent night in public toilets after bus failed to show up' One Leisure price increases in areas including St Neots and Huntingdon HMP Whitemoor prisoners 'not prepared enough to get jobs after leaving'