Wednesday March 8th 2023
From left to right, Back row: Dana Jupp (Library Assistant), Lynn Kinmont (catering team), Brooke McHale (catering team) and Becky Shanks (Library Assistant). Seated: Council Leader, Councillor Kelly Parry and Marie Dickinson (catering team).
Two more warm and well hubs are being opened in Midlothian to help those struggling with the cost of living crisis.
Additional hubs at Danderhall and Loanhead libraries will open from Monday 13 March, joining those already open at Lasswade and Newbattle. Part of the #MidlothianCares initiative launched by Midlothian Council last year, the hubs offer warm spaces and free hot drinks or 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 offer advice and support.
The warm and well hubs are being paid for from Midlothian’s share of the Local Authority COVID Economic Recovery (LACER) Fund, distributed by the Scottish Government to councils across Scotland.
“In these difficult times, we’re aware that there are people who are struggling to find the money to heat their homes or to put a hot meal on the table,” said Council Leader, Councillor Kelly Parry. “Our two additional hubs at Danderhall and Loanhead libraries, along with those at Newbattle and Lasswade, provide a warm and welcoming space where people can get soup or a drink, and a bit of company if they need it.”
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 www.midlothian.gov.uk/midlothiancares.
You’ll also find details there of other cost of living supports, including how to get help with money, fuel costs, food and clothes.Tweet Share on Facebook