Published: Wednesday, 23rd November 2022

To help those facing extreme fuel poverty and unable to heat their homes, the Council is asking for local community groups and centres to open their doors to those that need it most.

The community-led initiative is the first of many steps to support residents through the cost of living crisis, the Royal Borough of Greenwich is providing extra services and support for residents affected by the cost of living crisis, especially those at risk during the cold weather.

To help manage the costs of running heating, wi-fi and providing a free to use space for residents, the Council has launched a £50,000 fund to be given to groups supporting residents across the borough, whether this is providing just a warm space or hot drinks, activities and other services. 

This will also help combat social isolation and loneliness over the festive period by encouraging people to come together and meet new friends.

Cllr Anthony Okereke, Leader of the Royal Borough of Greenwich said: “We are painfully aware that energy prices are increasing rapidly and residents are struggling to cope across the borough. 

“I am proud of our borough's community wide approach to tackling the rising cost of living, and we will continue to urge the government to match the work we and grassroots organisations are having to do.”

Cllr Adel Khaireh, Cabinet Member for Equality, Culture and Communities said: “We know many community centres, places of worship, sports clubs and charities are already doing vital work to support residents struggling with rising costs, so this fund will go towards supporting the work they are doing and keeping their lights on. 

“Working together we want to offer safe spaces for people who feel isolated and trapped by spiralling bills.” 

Cllr Ann-Marie Cousins, Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Enforcement said: “With help from partners across Royal Greenwich, we want to get these warm hubs running as soon as possible, offering support throughout the winter in a way that reflects the needs of the people we serve. 

“For organisations who are interested in opening a warm hub, or already doing great work to support vulnerable residents in our borough, please reach out because as you continue to champion for the rights and welfare of your community, we will champion the great work you are doing.”

The Council is keen to see applications from local groups and community centres so help can be provided for those that need it most at trusted locations known to residents. 

To apply for funding, find the latest information and download the application form at royalgreenwich/greenwich-supports-funding22