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Local Warm Banks: a Guide for Residents

Hailsham Town Council has partnered with local community groups and charities to introduce measures to help residents who are struggling to pay their heating bills and stay warm amid the cost-of-living crisis.

Photo of hands holding hot drinkWe’re all concerned about the town’s residents and what cost-of-living issues many might face this winter. Warm banks or warm hubs are now becoming widespread everywhere, with a lot of councils, including those at parish level, opening them because it is necessary in many cases.

Cllr Anne Marie Ricketts, who sits on the Warm Bank Sub-Committee commented: “Warmth, shelter and community connections are all basic human needs and meeting those needs is what all councils should provide where possible, as essential to human dignity for all its residents.”

“I’m delighted that we’re using some of our buildings for this purpose, to offer a haven and warm location for people to come and sit, have a hot drink and chat to other people. Once again, this demonstrates the Town Council’s commitment to residents and willingness to support them as much as it can during crises such as these.”

There are several ‘Warm Banks’ recently set up in Hailsham to help those in need, including those set up by the Town Council at the James West Community Centre and Square Youth Cafe:

JAMES WEST COMMUNITY CENTRE, BRUNEL DRIVE

James West Community Centre building exteriorThe Town Council’s Warm Bank, situated in Meeting Room 1 at the James West Community Centre is open from 10am to noon on Saturdays and Sundays until the end of February.

Everyone struggling with keeping warm at home and paying their energy bills are welcome to attend. Hot drinks are available and people attending are encouraged to bring along with them board games, books and other items.

SQUARE YOUTH CAFE, 1 MARKET SQUARE

Hailsham Youth Service’s Square Youth Cafe is currently operating a Warm Bank facility on Fridays from 11am to 1pm. Please note, the Square Youth Cafe will be closed for the Christmas break and the centre’s Warm Bank will therefore not operate on Friday 23rd December and Friday 30th December.

Photo of inside of Charles Hunt CentreCHARLES HUNT CENTRE, VICARAGE FIELD

The Charles Hunt Centre is currently operating a Warm Bank on weekdays from 9am-3.30pm (for over 55s only). Hot drinks, refreshments and activities available.

HAILSHAM METHODIST CHURCH, HIGH STREET

Hailsham Methodist Church is currently operating a Warm Bank on Saturdays from 10am-12pm. Food, refreshments and wi-fi available.

HEAT HUB, THE DRIVE, HELLINGLY

Hellingly Community Hub is currently operating a Warm Bank on Fridays from 12pm-2pm. Food, drinks and free parking available.

OTHER LOCATIONS IN HAILSHAM

Hailsham Library in Western Road, whilst not a designated Warm Bank as such, welcomes visitors. Their facility is open for residents as a place to read books, access computers and keep warm at the same time.

Any additional Warm Bank facilities which open up in the town will be added to our website, so please revisit this page on a regular basis.

WARM BANKS IN NEARBY TOWNS

Eastbourne: Please click here for a list of warm bank facilities in the Eastbourne area.