Council Leader re-launches warm and well hubs as winter approaches

Monday October 2nd 2023

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From left to right pictured at Newbattle Library, one of four relaunched warm and well hubs, are: Council Leader Councillor Kelly Parry, Library Assistant Lorraine Martin, Customer Services Team Leader Jacqueline Elliot and Catering Assistant Diane Moyes.

Written by Midlothian View Reporter, Luke Jackson

As Challenge Poverty Weeks gets underway today, Midlothian Council has relaunched four warm and well hubs across the county to provide support with the cost-of-living crisis.

Part of the #MidlothianCares initiative started by the council last winter, the hubs are in Danderhall, Newbattle, Loanhead and Lasswade libraries.

They offer warm spaces and free hot drinks and soup and bread during normal library opening hours.

Local residents just need to turn up to stay warm and enjoy what’s on offer. They can also access free wi-fi, as well as books and games, and library staff are on hand to give advice and support.

The council is working with third sector partners and the hubs will host drop-in information sessions on energy advice, income maximisation and financial and wellbeing supports.

“Staff in our warm and well hubs tell us the hubs are quietly appreciated and used by local residents. Discreetly being able to enjoy a hot lunch, recharge your phone and just have a chat in the welcoming atmosphere of a hub library is a godsend for scores of local people who might otherwise be cold and alone at home. Please drop-in, you’re assured of a warm welcome,” said Council Leader, Councillor Kelly Parry.

A full list of warm spaces, community cafes and other support provided by the council, voluntary groups and churches across Midlothian can also be found on the council website at

You’ll also find details there of other cost of living supports, including how to get help with money, fuel costs, food and clothes.

For more local events during Challenge Poverty Week visit

Find further details on the information sessions visit the money page at

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