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Winter Spaces Network

Find out more about warm, welcoming spaces available this winter.

Last updated: 1 February 2023

Next review: 10 January 2024

The Winter Spaces Network is a collection of community and council venues across the borough that you can visit for free this winter.

There are three types of Winter Space:

  • Community Living Rooms
  • Community Kitchens
  • and Waltham Forest Libraries 

Each space will be welcoming, safe and inclusive.

Our Winter Spaces

Community Living Rooms are spaces for residents to relax or socialise in a cosy, warm space.

Community Kitchens are places to come together around food. This might be enjoying a free hot snack with people from your local community or a subsidised meal at a community café.

Libraries offer desk space for studying and working, Wi Fi and PC computer use for any residents and non-residents as well as daily free events for adults and children.

Use the map below to find your nearest Winter Space and see what each space offers including opening hours, facilities and activities. More Winter Spaces will be added, so please do keep checking back.

Winter Spaces Network map

Bikeworks operate a free cycle taxi service which is available to residents who might find it difficult to reach Winter Spaces. The service is available during three slots a week and covers the south of the borough up to the North Circular into Chingford. Each electric-assisted bike can fit up to three passengers, who can pedal along if they like, and is steered by a trained pilot. Cycle taxi bookings can be made online or call the Bikeworks team on 020 8980 7998 (option 5).

We have partnered with community groups across the borough to create our Winter Spaces Network. If you are a business, faith or community organisation with a suitable heated space that could open its doors this winter, we want to hear from you. Please get in touch 

If you do not have regular access to the internet, you can find out more about the Winter Spaces in your area by speaking to a member of staff in your local library.