Welcome Spaces helping people through the cost-of-living crisis

Monday, December 04, 2023

Our ‘Welcome Spaces’ are open to everyone as a free, warm, safe place where people can enjoy a hot drink, free activities and some company.

The cost-of-living crisis is still affecting residents across the district, with some people hesitant to turn on their heating as the weather grows colder.

Last year our district’s libraries alone provided almost 23,000 hot drinks to residents escaping the cold, this year they plan to do the same alongside family hubs and Help at the Hub venues.

"During these difficult times, we want everyone to know they are not alone and that we are here to help and support them.

Our Welcome Spaces are open to anyone and those who use them are guaranteed a very warm welcome and a friendly, inclusive atmosphere."

Cllr Maureen Cummings

Cabinet Member for Communities, Health and Poverty

Cllr Maureen Cummings

Libraries are open to all and have a host of free activities to take part in alongside their offer of books, free internet and computer access and soft seating.

Families with children are also invited to attend a free coffee morning or family activity through their local family hub, with advice and support available if needed.

"Libraries are at the very heart of our local communities and so provide a welcoming and safe space for people to visit.

Everyone has a right to be warm, so expect a warm welcome when you visit."

Cllr Michelle Collins

Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport

Cllr Michelle Collins

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 help 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 First Group, made up of organisations such as Wakefield Council, Citizens Advice Wakefield District, WDH Cash Wise and the Department for Work and Pensions who are working together to help Wakefield residents. Especially as they face higher bills, and an increase in goods prices that are putting many household budgets under huge pressure.

The Council invites community groups and organisations wishing to provide a warm welcoming space to sign up through the Warm Welcome website, more information can be found by visiting www.wakefield.gov.uk/welcomespaces

Cost of living support is available at all times and information can be found by visiting www.wakefield.gov.uk/costofliving.

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