Hackney Council’s Winter Warmer event returned for 2022.
The free event on November 1 provided residents over the age of 55 with advice on how to stay warm during the current cost of living crisis and energy crisis.
The Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE) has reported that six million UK households could be in fuel poverty and unable to heat their homes this winter.
There were also stalls from Citizen’s Advice, the community library service, Healthier Together Hackney and the Financial Inclusion Team – where residents could speak with representatives and take information booklets and leaflets.
There was also a presentation by the NHS, encouraging the free flu jab and COVID-19 booster.
Hosted by Hackney Church, the event rounded off with entertainment and refreshments for the 650 attendees.
Hackney Council tweeted after the event: “Our Winter Warmer event took place yesterday and was a roaring success! Residents caught up with friends (& met new ones!), whilst learning about keeping warm this winter and all the services available to them.”
Councillor Clayeon McKenzie, Cabinet Member for Housing Services and Resident Participation said: “I am delighted that we have been able to run this hugely popular event again. It is especially key now so many people across the borough will be worrying about how they are going to cover their bills due to the cost of living crisis.
“This event is a fantastic way for people aged 55 and over who live in one of our Council homes to find out some useful information and see the wide array of activities on offer in Hackney for older people.”