Most successful Winter Warmer yet
On the coldest day of the year so far, it was apt that over 900 Hackney residents turned up for the annual Winter Warmer at Hackney Town Hall.
The popular free event, which this year was held on Thursday 30 November, was organised for the borough’s over-55s. The showcase provides residents with valuable advice on staying fit, healthy and saving energy throughout the winter months.
Jean More, 65 from Stoke Newington said: “The Winter Warmer is very good, I’ve never been before but as my neighbour was going this year I thought I’d come along, I wish I came last year as it’s been really fun, everyone is really friendly and I got to meet lots of new people.”
As well as complimentary hot soup and a sandwich, residents could pick up advice and goodie bags from more than 30 vendors. One of the most popular stalls was a volunteer from the Hackney Libraries team, who were handing out free books and letting people know about all the activities on offer for older people across Hackney’s eight libraries. Visitors were also able to watch healthy eating demonstrations and collect recipie cards from community kitchen Made in Hackney, as well as pick up a free bag of fruit and veg provided by Tesco.
Elizabeth Adimado, 79 from Hoxton said: “I come to the Winter Warmer every year, I never miss it! It’s much better than staying at home, here you can meet people and learn about new things, it was really interesting speaking to the energy savings stall.”
The wellbeing hub saw queues of residents keen to unwind with a professional hand, foot and shoulder massage. There were also lots of fun and games at craft tables dotted around the hall. Plus performances by Immediate Theatre and Singing for the Brain.
Alongside local charity and voluntary organisations residents also had the chance to speak directly to staff from across the Council including Housing, Public Health and Community Safety.
It was fantastic to see yet another successful Winter Warmer, with hundreds of residents not only getting useful advice and seeing what’s on offer in Hackney but meeting new friends and socialising. It was great to talk to residents and I can’t wait until next year.