With the current financial climate and energy bills soaring, warm spaces in the UK have become available to help ease the pressure for the most affected and to stop anyone from being left out in the cold. Here are the details on where you can find your closest ‘warm space’!
Ilfracombe’s local community has established warm, non-judgmental spaces across the town. These include:
- Ilfracombe Library
- Belle’s Place
- Ilfracombe Food Bank
- Pip and Jims Church
- The Haven
- The Parish of Holy Trinity & St Peter
- The Lantern
- Salvation Army
South Molton Library – Cold Days, Warm Libraries. South Molton Library have opened their doors to provide place for those who need it to stay as long as they would like in the warm library! They have comfortable seating, a positive atmosphere and attentive staff. Plus, the public access computers are even free for up to 2 hours/day!
South Molton Baptist Church – On Wednesdays and Sundays, between 14:00 and 17:00, South Molton Baptist Church will be open as a warm space for those who need it. The church will also be supplying tea and coffee.
South Molton Methodist Church – The church will be open on Saturday afternoons between 14:00 and 17:00 with tea, coffee, biscuits, table tennis and board games.
YMCA Community Centre – The community centre will be available as a warm space Monday – Wednesday 9:00-12:00, Thursday 13:30-17:00 and Friday 8:00-13:00.
Barnstaple Library –In addition to providing a warm library for people to stay out of the cold for as long as they need, Barnstaple library are also running ‘Tea and Chat’ afternoons every Friday from 13:30-15:30. One friendly member of staff will be around for a chat in the foyer, to chat through your day and provide a warm cuppa.
The Freedom Centre – A drop-in day centre open for people to get warm food, a shower and clean clothes. The Freedom centre also provides referrals for services and additional help and support should it be required. Open from 11:00-13:00.
Age Concern – Every Thursday and Friday morning between 10:00 and 12:00, Age Concern are hosting pop-in sessions. No registration is needed! There is a £1 fee to cover hot drinks and biscuits but no one will be turned away if they cannot pay.
The Jubilee Room – The Jubilee room at Lynton Town Hall will be open as ‘The Warm Welcome Club’. The hall is open every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10:00-13:00. There will be drinks available, friendly chat and games!
The Warm Welcome Hub in Saffron Walden is open every Monday until the 19th December on the 10:00-15:00 to recommence on the 9th January at The Town Hall. There will be hot drinks and biscuits throughout the day as well as soup and bread between 12:00 and 14:00. Not only this, but Saffron Walden Town Hall are also offering free wifi, games, cards and provision for phone charging. No booking is required and The Town Hall are also accepting donations of board games and puzzles to be used at the Warm Welcome.
Leeds council has been working closely with a variety of voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations to create Warm Spaces across the city this winter. In some of these warm spaces, visitors will find hot drinks, free services (eg. Wifi), and various activities.
Leeds have put together a map of all the warm spaces available within the city, a great way of helping those in need find a place to stay warm. Here’s where you can find Leeds’ Warm Spaces map – https://experience.arcgis.com/experience/d6adbf692a7b4cfb8250b36bf8501a90/
15 of York’s libraries are open as Warm Spaces from early in the morning into the evening. The libraries are also hosting a range of free and low cost activities for all ages. These include crafting, book groups, board games and warm low-cost meals at Explore Reading Cafes. Check out all the warm spaces in York here.
Tameside libraries are opening their doors as warm spaces throughout the winter. Many have free hot drinks, a place to charge electronics and access to a computer. The towns have also introduced warm welcome hubs across the district, particularly within community groups and churches – some provide free food as well as games, hot drinks and a space to work. Find the details on all warm spaces in Tameside on the free Discover app now by downloading here.
Worcester & Redditch
21 libraries across Worcestershire have opened as warm spaces for residents to access free services, find support, take part in activities and connect with other people. The libraries are holding events for all ages including bounce and rhyme, as well as study support for school children. Find the details on the Discover App now.
Warm, safe spaces are available across Cornwal. The spaces provide support and activities for the colder months and beyond! Locate your nearest community hub through the Discover App!
In Bilston, both the community centre and library are open as warm spaces. There’s even a free shuttle service to help residents get to the warm spaces. All you have to do is book a slot! – plus, you can do this easily through the app!
Warm spaces in our locations are continuously being added so check the app for the most up-to-date information. We hope this blog has helped someone who needs it – it’s no time to feel ashamed of financial hardship. We feel fortunate to be able to work with such wonderful organisations who have set up these accessible, warm spaces and we will continue to showcase and update them through the Discover App.
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