Network of warm spaces and places expands in Northumberland
August 30, 2022
A network of warm spaces and places is expanding across Northumberland to provide a warm welcome to those who need it.
Northumberland County Council and its partners in the community and voluntary sector are inviting organisations to sign up to the Northumberland Warm Spaces & Places Promise.
Community Action Northumberland (CAN) has been developing Warm Hubs for a number of years, but now community hubs, libraries, leisure centres, village halls, cafes, and businesses are all getting on board to create a network that will support communities not just in winter, but throughout the year.
Cllr Wendy Pattison, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Adult Well-being, said: “Following on from the events of recent years and the amazing community spirit that played such a vital role, we are keen to continue to work together and find spaces and places that people can visit for support.
“Working closely with our community partners we are creating a map and list of warm spaces and places – welcoming, local places where people can pop in and enjoy a warm welcome and be connected to other support if they need it.
“These may be community centres, village halls, our fabulous Warm Hubs, libraries, or cafes and museums – near people and for people, and it’s ok if some spaces are only open for a short time each week or day – it all helps.
“There is no one size fits all solution – so we work closely with the organisations involved to provide the right support package for them – this could be support with utility costs, or with cooking equipment, or food.
“We know there are lots of different ways to give people a warm welcome and we are looking forward to showcasing our vibrant community spaces.”
If any community organisations or businesses are interested in getting involved and becoming part of the Northumberland Warm Spaces & Places network please click on the link below to register your interest.
Northumberland Communities Together responds to the need within communities and anyone who would like to speak to someone about how they or their family can be best supported can contact the Northumberland Communities Together Response Hub.
Phone: 01670 620015 between 9am to 6pm, seven days a week.