Community Housing

Funding helps to support local Derbyshire Dales community warm hubs

4 April 2023
2 mins

Platform customers in the Derbyshire Dales 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, so we are 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 Friends of Hurst Farm who have received £800 of the funding to help them continue to hold their warm hub sessions, stay open longer or offer more food.  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 vitally important as they 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 £1,800 to local charities and organisations in the Derbyshire Dales including, the Whitworth Centre and Freedom Leisure.

Anna Casey Chair of Friends of Hurst Farm charity said: “We would like to thank Platform Housing Group for this much needed funding that will enable us to keep our community warm room running.”

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): Anna Casey, Chair of Friends of Hurst Farm charity is pictured receiving the £800 Community Warm Hub donation from Platform’s Community Engagement Officer, Tracey Silk.