More than 33 Warm Spaces have opened their doors to Wakefield residents – as part of actions to tackle the cost-of-living crisis.
Wakefield Council, Nova, and Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) Sector partners have set up the network – housed in community centres, libraries, help at the hub venues, and other locations across the district.
Warm Spaces offer people places where they can gather for free, in a safe, heated and welcoming space, to enjoy a hot drink or food and some company, and with opportunities to take part in activities.
Some of the venues offer games and puzzles, crafting, access to printers and Wi-Fi while others have yoga sessions, cooking and recycling workshops. Film nights are to take place in December and January at one of the venues, and the district’s libraries are also welcoming people by offering free hot drinks, access to books, history, free Wi-Fi, and more.
For residents worried about the rising cost of living, support is available at Help at the Hub venues across the district, where they can access support and advice on a range of issues including money, budgeting and benefits, jobs, skills and housing and other support services.
The service is provided by the Residents Recovery Group, made up of organisations such as Wakefield Council, Citizens Advice Wakefield District, WDH Cash Wise and Live Well who are working together to help Wakefield residents. Especially as they face rocketing energy bills, alongside other financial pressures such as rising mortgage rates, and an increase in goods prices that are putting many household budgets under huge pressure.
Cllr Maureen Cummings, Cabinet Member for Communities, Health and Poverty, said: “During this time of crisis we want everyone to know they are not alone and that we are here to help and support them.”
“Our Warm Spaces are open to anyone and those who use them are guaranteed a very warm welcome and a friendly, inclusive atmosphere.”
“I am also really pleased that many of our venues are also able to offer activities, as we all know that doing something you enjoy is a huge boost for physical and mental wellbeing.”
The district’s Warm Spaces have been funded by Wakefield Council. Dates and times vary from venue to venue with some available on evenings and weekends. For details visit their website here