£1k grants for winter warm space havens

Published on: Wednesday, 8th November 2023
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Charities and volunteer organisations are being offered up to £1,000 to provide havens for Erewash residents seeking refuge from the cold this winter.

The Warm Welcome Spaces grants are available to help venues pay for heating plus things like meals and refreshments amid the cost-of-living crisis.

A similar scheme last year saw more than 150 such spaces open up across Derbyshire. These helped almost 11,000 residents by providing a total of 17,000 hours of warmth and company to those struggling.

St Mary’s Church in Sawley has already opened its doors as a Warm Welcome Space. Toddler toys are available. Free refreshments include toast and porridge.

In Long Eaton the Infusion Coffee House & Community Space on Derby Road is open from 10.30am to 3pm and offers free wifi.

Details of how to apply for the subsidies can be found on the Erewash Borough Council website, which has a section dedicated to cost-of-living help.

The grants are administered by Derbyshire County Council. More info can be found here: Find out more about warm spaces and how to apply for a grant

A county council official said: “To qualify for a grant, organisations must pledge to offer a heated space during the winter months, provide seating and be free of charge. They may offer refreshments such as a warm drink and a biscuit.

“People visiting warm spaces will also be offered information to help them with cost-of-living support, as well as advice on looking after their mental health and wellbeing.”

Erewash Borough Councillor Claire Marie Poole, who is Lead Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “We urge local organisations to apply for these grants. Temperatures may continue to be remarkably mild despite the bad weather but this winter could be bleak for many as they struggle to heat their homes. Like last year, warm spaces will be vital.”

All of Derbyshire County Council’s libraries also offer warm and welcoming spaces during opening hours. People are invited to read a book and use the free wifi.

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