With temperatures dropping incredibly low this week, Places for People is offering three warm spaces across Lancashire.
It comes as part of the social enterprise’s national support of more than 25 warm spaces across the UK this year, providing safe and warm spaces for people in social isolation and those suffering from fuel poverty over the winter months.
A warm space can be any community building and will provide a confidential, warm, and friendly environment for people to socialise over refreshments and take part in activities.
The donations from Places for People will help support the running of warm spaces at Ivy Street Community Centre in Blackburn, West View Community Association in Fleetwood, and Plungington Community Centre Café in Preston.
The warm space at the Ivy Street Community Centre runs on Thursdays between 12 pm and 2 pm and is open to all. The centre hosts a variety of activities focusing on health, fitness, senior citizens, and youth engagement.
In Fleetwood, the West View Community Association is open to all, people can enjoy hot drinks and soup in the warm space whilst using their facilities. The warm spaces run on Mondays 11 am until 2pm, Tuesdays 9am until 5 pm, and Thursdays 1 pm until 3pm.
Plungington Community Centre Café in Preston is a place for locals to gather and take part in a range of weekly activities. The café is open Monday to Friday from 10 am until 2 pm where people can enjoy a hot drink and meal or use it as a friendly space to stay warm.
Feel safe and warm
Marcus Hulme, director of Places Impact at Places for People said: “As the cost-of-living continues to rise we know that many people are struggling with their energy bills and other general household bills.
“We are committed to finding ways to help and support our communities through these difficult times, and are proud to be supporting spaces for people to go where they can not only feel safe and warm but also where they can socialise and be part of a community.”
For the second year in a row, Places for People has chosen to support warm spaces within their communities to offer a space for people in social isolation and those suffering from fuel poverty over the winter months.
The impact that cost-of-living crisis is having on local communities continues to show and demand for these types of spaces is growing, with support from their Social Impact fund, Places for People is investing £5 million in activities to support customers and communities including warm spaces to address the cost-of-living crisis.