A NEW hub for the 'winter warm' campaign has been announced in Penketh.

Funding for the project has been granted by Warrington Borough Council, which will see a new hub open in Penketh.

The new hub will be available to the public every Friday from this week, December 2, until March 2023, at the Shannon Bradshaw Trust.

It will be open from 9.30am until 2pm every Friday, and it will be available to anyone who wishes to make use of a warm space, and have a hot drink and a chat.

The use of warm hubs across Warrington comes as Warrington Foodbank's CEO has warned this will be a winter harsher than many of us have known - thousands across the town are struggling to heat their homes.

According to the Foodbank, the use of their service has increased by 25 per cent.

Food hubs across Warrington that are coordinated by 'The Bread and Butter Thing' are taking part in the organisation's 'Getting Toasty' scheme.

The scheme involves some of the food hubs opening for a few hours before the food is handed out, allowing the sites to become 'warm hubs.'

Sites in Westy and Birchwood are taking place in the scheme, with a total of three sites in Warrington signing up to become 'warm hubs' for communities to access.

Residents can access the 'Getting Toasty' scheme at the following sites:

  • Birchwood Church of England Primary School, from 11am on a Thursday 
  • Westy Community Centre, from 11.30am on a Friday
  • The Old School on Fairfield Street, from 12pm on a Monday.

Warrington Guardian: Warrington Foodbank's CEO has warned of an incredibly harsh winter across WarringtonWarrington Foodbank's CEO has warned of an incredibly harsh winter across Warrington (Image: Warrington Foodbank)

A 'warm welcome' service is being coordinated by churches across Birchwood, too, which can be accessed at the following places:

  • Thomas Risley Church: Monday, 1-3pm; Thursday, 8.45-11.30am
  • The Encounter Centre: Tuesday, 10am-3pm; Friday, 10am-3pm
  • The Table: Thursday, 11.30am-1pm

Warrington Foodbank has also launched a 'winter warmer' campaign, which will see the foodbank provide warm clothes, blankets, hot water bottles, and torches to help those struggling to pay for heating and lighting.

The foodbank's CEO says many people in Warrington are being forced to choose between 'heating and eating.'

Warrington's newest warm hub can be found at the Shannon Bradshaw Trust, on Meeting Lane, Penketh, every Friday from 9.30am until 2pm.