Warm Hub evenings return to Old Trafford
Manchester United will open the doors of Old Trafford for the return of the Warm Hub evenings as part of a wide range of initiatives from the club and Manchester United Foundation to help those facing difficult months ahead.
The area will be available to everyone*, free of charge, every Monday* in December and January from 17:00 to 20:00 GMT. The Warm Hub evenings will start on Monday, 4 December and people can arrive and register via the Sir Alex Ferguson Stand reception and will be guided to the Red Cafe.
In addition to the physical benefits of the warm space, the club want the Red Cafe to be a welcoming place for people who may feel lonely or worried during the festive period to spend time with others in safe surroundings.
As a charity supporting children and young people, the Foundation has focused its efforts on supporting families amidst the cost-of-living crisis, after participants from its Youth Voice groups expressed concerns over being cold during the winter months.
As a result, the Foundation has invested £100,000 in over 22,000 warm clothing items for every young person across its 77 partner schools, in Greater Manchester and beyond. These items include hats, gloves, scarves, blankets and more.
These items have complemented the winter coats that were distributed earlier this year, following the matchday appeal that was held ahead of the Brentford fixture in October at Old Trafford.
Donations from fans, club staff and men’s and women’s team players led to more than 2,000 coats being received, all of which have since been redistributed to identified families in need, local poverty charities and a charity in Ukraine.
Collette Roche, Chief Operating Officer at Manchester United and Chair of the Manchester United Foundation said: “We want people who are struggling to know that they are not alone, particularly in our local community.
“And we want to help where we can by opening the doors of Old Trafford again this winter to provide friendly company, warmth and food for those who need it.
“Sadly, we also know many of our young people will be facing challenges during the winter period and we hope by providing them with some warm winter clothing or a Christmas gift through the Foundation’s great work we will bring some joy and support to those in need.”
Whether Christmas is part of people’s life or not, the festive period can be a difficult time for many. It’s a time of year that puts extra pressure on people and can affect mental health and wellbeing in lots of different ways. If you or someone you know is struggling, then having access to the right information is vital.
Visit Manchester Mind's website to access their cost of living information here and their wellbeing hub here.
*Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 16.
**The last warm hub evening in December will be on Monday 18, resuming again on 8 January until 29 January.