Community Living Rooms -Find a warm and welcoming place

Faith and community halls


Al Madina Mosque, 2 Victoria Rd, Barking, Ilford IG11 8PY

The coming week is expected to be especially cold with snow and a winter storm expected to hit the UK. The cost-of-living crisis is already having an effect and we know people and families are struggling. Please step forward and ask for support if you need it. Al Madina Mosque and the Northbury Community Hub situated on our complex will be available to you at all times should you wish to pop in for a cup of tea and a biscuit or simply to have somewhere warm to sit and be out of the cold. We may even offer you an interesting conversation. Please don’t think you are alone. We look forward to seeing you.
Team Al Madina


St Paul’s Church, Arrowsmith Road, Chigwell, Essex, IG7 4NZ

Opening times: Thursdays 10-12


VHP Ilford Hindu Centre and Mandir , 43-45 Cleveland Rd, Ilford IG1 1EE

Opening times: 9:30-12 and 6-8 every day

Vine United Reform Church, 12 Riches Road, IG1 1JH

Opening times: 9-12 on Monday, Thursdays and Fridays

Seven Kings

South Park Chapel, 51 Ripley Road, Seven Kings,  IG3 9HA

Our Café is open every Tuesday morning from 10am to 12pm. Come for cake, coffee, craft, chat and prayer. Children and pets welcome!

South Woodford

Holy Trinity South Woodford, 185 Hermon Hill, South Woodford, E18 1QQ

Holy Trinity holds a programme of events to which you are welcome.


St Mary’s Church, 207 High Rd, London E18 2PA

Opening times: Wednesday 11-11:30; Thursdays 10-11:30; Sunday 11-12

 Woodford Green

Salway Evangelical Church, Forest Approach, Woodford Green IG8 9BW

Opening times: Tuesdays 4-6

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Redbridge Council in partnership with a range of organisations in the borough has established a network of 17 Community Living Rooms, which are warm and welcoming places for residents to use. You are invited to come to any of the places listed during their opening times.

The list of places will evolve as more organisations join the network. Each is different and their offer will be different – some will have activities, some will offer hot drinks, some will be quiet spaces. Each will develop their own character and no doubt you will find one that suits you

The Redbridge Libraries offer a wide range of activities and are at 11 locations across the borough. They have activities for adults, children and families. Everything from chess clubs and book clubs through to knit’n’natter sessions and family storytime and coding for kids.

Find library details and opening times

As more partners come on board with Redbridge Council, we will be able to increase the range of Community Living Rooms, so please keep an eye on this page to see how the network is growing and what is available near you.

Click link below to view the complete list

Thank you to all the Places of worship and Community Groups that completed the survey, to provide warm spaces for local people affected by the cost of living crisis, over this autumn and winter.

You can complete the short survey  if you  have  not yet done so here. Please contact if you have any questions

Support for Residents struggling with the cost of living, visit the Cost of Living ( page on Redbridge Council Website