Funding available for warm and welcoming spaces
Gloucester City Council is encouraging community groups to apply for funding to help them set up a Warm Space for those struggling with heating bills.
The grants are being offered to those that open their doors for free at least once a week, so that local people who need them can keep warm, meet a friendly face and enjoy a chat.
With the cost of living rising, Warm Spaces are opening across the city to help residents who may be facing financial difficulties.
A list of those that have already opened are featured on the city council’s Cost of Living web hub that has advice and information on accessing help with living costs.
Community groups, faith organisations and Community Interest Companies are among those encouraged to consider offering a Warm space and to apply for a grant of up to £1,000.
The funding can be used for running costs such as energy bills, refreshments or events or activities.
Councillor Raymond Padilla, Cabinet member for Communities and Neighbourhoods at Gloucester City Council, said: “We know many people are struggling at the moment with the cost of living especially as we approach the festive season and the many financial pressures that it can bring. We are grateful to those groups who have already opened Warm Spaces and would urge others to apply and to help to provide this valuable service.”
Each Warm Space must be available for at least one four hour session every week.
For more information email Community.firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the web page.