First 'warm spaces' open in North Devon
28 November 2022
The first, council-funded 'warm spaces' have opened their doors in North Devon this week for residents struggling with the cost of heating their homes.
The initiative is part of a range of measures being brought in by North Devon Council alongside voluntary and community groups across the district as a response to the cost of living crisis.
Venues that have been successful and awarded part of the Community Warm Spaces fund, so far, include:
- The Freedom Centre: Drop-in Day centre where people can get warm food, a shower and clean clothes free as well as agency referrals for services and additional help and support. Starting with immediate effect on Mondays to Thursdays from 11.30am until 1.30pm
- Fremington Parish Council: The Beechfield Centre is opening with immediate effect as a warm space every Wednesday from 4pm until 6pm. Individuals and families can enjoy a free hot drink and have the opportunity to charge electrical items
- Combe Martin Parish Council: Combe Martin Community Centre will open each week, Monday to Friday from 9am until 3pm starting from Thursday 1 December until Easter 2023. Refreshments are available, free of charge
- Lynton and Lynmouth Town Council: The Jubilee Room at Lynton Town Hall will be open as The Warm Welcome Club. Starting with immediate effect, the hall will be open each week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10am until 1pm. Refreshments will be available and the opportunity to chat and play a game
Each venue is offering its warm space to the community, free of charge and the council is continuing to encourage local community groups, charities, community interest companies, churches, voluntary groups and parish and town councils to apply for the funding to provide warmth to the community this winter.
Leader at North Devon Council, Councillor David Worden, says: "It's saddening to think that in the 21st century we have to consider schemes like ‘warm spaces’. Everyone should be able to stay warm in their own home but unfortunately, the cost of living crisis means the creation of council-supported warm spaces had to be part of our action plan.
"As a district council, we are determined to do what we can to help people through the winter and I would encourage residents to visit the council's cost-of-living support page. This page includes information and support from the council and other organisations as well as their dedicated 'warm spaces' webpage.
"Our next priority is to encourage more organisations and businesses to come forward, so we can ensure a range of provisions throughout our district.
"I would like to say a big thank you to those who have already stepped up and offered their support for our community."
To apply for the Community Warm Spaces Fund, please visit the council's website.
To stay up-to-date on where the community warm spaces are being set up, keep an eye on the council's dedicated warm spaces webpage as well as their social channels.
For additional details on cost-of-living support available from the council and other organisations, please visit their website.