A number of warm hubs are available in Oadby, Wigston and South Wigston – offering a place to go for free to keep warm during the winter months. Many offer refreshments and entertainment, and are run by kind and generous volunteers looking to support local people facing challenging times due to the Cost of Living crisis.

In many cases, Oadby & Wigston Borough Council has supported these community groups and organisations with a £500 grant to support their offer.

A summary of each warm hub and their offer is detailed below:

Oadby

Parklands Leisure Centre

Washbrook Ln, Wigston Rd, Oadby, Leicester. LE2 5QG

Mondays to Fridays, 6.30pm to 9.30pm

The leisure centre will have a warm hub space on offer in the café. For those in need, they will have free teas and coffees available and some board games, colouring books. Hot water bottles will also be available that can be taken away to keep warm.

To access this service please speak to the reception team on arrival.

The Parochial Church - St Peter's Centre

St Peter’s Centre, Wigton Road, Oadby. LE2 5QE

Fridays 10am to 1pm

The centre is open on Friday mornings from 9.30am to 12.30pm. It is run with volunteers and overseen by office staff. The centre can offer a heated space to keep warm, hot drinks and biscuits.

Barnabas Centre (next to St Paul's Church)

Hamble Rd, Oadby, Leicester LE2 4NX

Tuesdays 1pm to 4pm

Church volunteers will be offering homemade soup, rolls and hot drinks as well as having some games available for people to play.

50 plus group - Oadby Youth Centre

42 Wigston Rd, Oadby. LE2 5QB

Wednesdays 11am-1pm

This offer is designed for over 50s and volunteers can provide refreshments, hot drinks and light entertainment (quizzes/bingo) in warm environment.

Wigston

All Saints Church

16 Moat St, Wigston LE18 2GD

Thursdays and Saturdays 10.30am to 12pm

They run 'Open Church' on Thursday & Saturday mornings from 10.30am-12pm. There's chance to get warm, enjoy a hot drink and spend time in the church.

Bethel Evangelical Free Church (head to the community building across the road)

The Corner, 15 The Crescent, Wigston. LE18 1HW.

Mondays 7pm-9pm, Wednesdays 10am-12pm, Thursdays 10.30am-12pm.

The community building offers a warm safe environment that is free for all ages to attend. They have board games for adults and children, table tennis, card games, device charging facilities, toys for small children to play with and visitors can bring crafts if they wish or visit to simply chat with others. The building has adaptations for those with mobility issues including a fully adapted toilet, and baby changing facilities. The building is heated by central heating, with good bright lighting and volunteers will be offering hot drinks, as well as hot soup and a roll.

Church for All Nations International

102, Central Avenue, Wigston. LE18 2AA

Thursdays 10am-12pm

A friendly environment to enjoy a tea/coffee/biscuits in a warm location with church volunteers.

Hope Community Church

The Kings Centre, 56 Bull Head St, Wigston LE18 1PA

10am-12pm on Tuesday mornings - a session largely aimed at seniors with coffee, cake and opportunities to build relationships.

2pm-4pm on Thursday afternoons - a ‘Hub Club’ session run in conjunction with partner including Leicester South Foodbank and Helping Hands, providing coffee, cake, quizzes, games, and advice from experts in health, mental health, benefits, finance and housing.

Find more information on the church's website.

Little Hill Church

Launceston Road, Wigston, LE18 1JW

9.30am-12.30pm on Thursdays

Tea/coffee/biscuits/toast, indoor play area for young children, craft table for seniors, puzzles, table tennis and games.

Wigston Magna Reformed Church

Long Street Wigston Magna

10am - lunchtime on Saturdays

Volunteers can offer free tea, coffee and biscuits and a warm area to sit and socialise. Board games are available to play too!

Wigston Pool & Fitness Centre

Station Rd, Wigston LE18 2DP

Monday to Friday 8.30am-9pm. Weekends 9am-5pm

The pool and fitness centre will have space on offer in the reception area that can be used as a warm hub for those that need to somewhere to get warm.

For those in need, they will have free teas and coffees available and some board games, colouring books. Hot water bottles will also be available that can be taken away to keep warm.

To access this service please speak to the reception team on arrival.

South Wigston

Elliott Hall for Youth & Community Centre

Albion St, South Wigston, LE18 4SA

Monday to Friday

Elliott Hall is offering a variety of different activities throughout the week, Monday to Friday and Sunday evenings for anyone who wishes to join in, or just to pop in to warm up, have a chat and enjoy a lovely cuppa and make new friends.

They will be offering wood work, art and craft groups, wood carving, gentle movement classes, youth group, mums & tots, over 50s mens group as well as drop in mornings/afternoons all to help with loneliness and isolation. They will also be offering once a month a veteran drop in breakfast and afternoon tea events for all to attend in 2023. If transport is an issue please get in touch on 07703 441894 or email elliotthallyouthandcommunity@gmail.com

Find more detail on their Facebook page.

The Menphys Hub

Bassett St, South Wigston, Wigston LE18 4PE

The Menphys Hub provides a community table for various groups to use free of charge, including Knit and Natter, South Wigston all Minds Matters (SWAMM), Morsbags, Retro Games Group and many more. The community table allows groups to come together in a warm space to reduce loneliness and isolation, whilst socialising and taking part in various activities or a friendly ear to listen. Their coffee shop provides a real community atmosphere, and friendly staff make all feel at home.

The hub currently has eight groups running in addition to providing a library and PC Suite free of charge. It also provides a warm space, and the opportunity to purchase hot drinks, cakes and hot food from the coffee shop.

Find more information on the Menphys website

The Salvation Army

Ladysmith Rd, Wigston LE18 4UZ

Monday to Friday, 9am to 3pm

Members of the public will be welcomed by volunteers and can spend time in a warm space. Hot drinks and other refreshments are also available.

Find more information on The Salvation Army website.

Last updated: Tuesday, 17 January 2023 9:21 am