Funding to help local community warm hubs stay open in Malvern

19 April 2023
2 mins

Platform customers in Malvern will continue to receive a warm welcome and support at their community hubs, thanks to £30,000 funding from Platform Housing Group and EEM.

Platform's vision is to build a better future by investing in affordable homes, services and communities and is using £20,000 from their Wellbeing and Community Chest Funds, along with a further £10,000 grant from the EEM Trust, to help support existing warm hubs.

One of the first local organisations to benefit is The Church of the Ascension, Malvern Link who has received £450 of the funding to help them continue to hold their warm hub sessions throughout the year. The funding will also enable them to give out warm packs for use at home to help people keep a little warmer.

Marion Duffy, Chief Operations Officer at Platform Housing Group said, “Running in the heart of local communities, warm hubs are designed to support vulnerable and isolated people, as well as those on lower incomes, when the cost of living continues to be a daily challenge.

“The activities and services available at the community hubs we’re supporting are operated by volunteers from within the local area; people who are uniquely positioned to understand the needs of their local communities.” 

Platform’s campaign to keep their customers warm and supported will see them donate £3,100 to local charities and organisations across Malvern and Herefordshire, including St Mary’s Church, Brook Farm Community Association, YMCA, Bromyard Methodist Church, St Mary’s Parish Church, Ross-on-Wye Baptist Church and Ledbury Warm Spaces.

Sarah Maxfield-Phillips, Ministry Lead, Church of Ascension (Malvern Link) said, “We're delighted with the support that we've received from Platform Housing Group. The funding will make a huge difference to all of the families who are using and have used the Warm Space over this difficult period.”

You can find out more about Warm Community Hubs and a list of the organisations and charities we have supported here.

Photo caption (left to right): Sarah Maxfield-Phillips, Ministry Lead and Reverend Johnson from the Church of Ascension (Malvern Link) are pictured receiving the £450 Warm Community Hub donation from Platform’s Community Engagement Officer, Sam Church.