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Places for People offers more space to those in need of warmth and support in Chorley this winter – including young people

Places for People – the UK’s leading Social Enterprise – has funded two new Warm Hubs for people in Chorley this winter.  

The Hubs will be open at Clayton Brook Community Church on Great Greens Lane, and at Inspire at Chorley Youth Zone. 

All members of the community are invited to drop-in to the sessions which will run every Monday from 10am to 3pm until March at Clayton Brook – offering locals a chance to meet new people, and join in other activities while staying warm.  

At Chorley Youth Zone, sessions will run from 4pm until 9pm every Monday to Friday; in line with the centre’s objective of supporting local young people, the Hub will be exclusively for children and those up to the age of 19. Places for People has long supported Chorley Youth Zone through its Community Investment Fund and is a founding patron of the centre helping it enlist thousands of members. Janine Blythe, Chief Executive at Chorley Youth Zone said: “Our heartfelt thank you once again to Places for People for choosing to support the Youth Zone and the town’s young people in this new initiative which will give them somewhere safe and warm each evening. 

“Without the support of our growing family of founder patrons, Inspire Youth Zone cannot become a reality for Chorley’s young people.”

The news comes as Places for People is working hard to extend its support to people across the country. Other Warm Hubs have also opened in Birmingham, Sheffield, Preston, West Bromwich, Manchester and across the company’s three Brio Retirement Living developments in Aberdeen, London and the Cotswolds; Warm Hubs have been in operation at these communities since October. 

Marcus Hulme, Director of Places Impact, Places for People explained: “We know that people are acutely struggling with increasing energy costs and broader costs of living. We are finding ways to help, offering a space for those in need to have somewhere not only safe and warm, but a place in which they can socialise and be part of a community. We are proud to support these new facilities for people in Chorley – somewhere we hope makes a small difference at this challenging time.”

Marcus added: “The cost-of-living crisis is having a significant impact on our Customers and communities and that is why we have prioritised establishing a network of Warm Hubs across the country to support all those in need this winter.”

Warm Hubs aim to support local people who may be at risk of fuel poverty or may be feeling lonely or isolated. A Warm Hub can be any community building and will provide a confidential, warm, and friendly environment for people to socialise over refreshments and take part in activities. 

Find out more at: https://www.placesforpeople.co.uk/about-us/community/community-projects#warm-spaces

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