Lancashire County Council launches warm spaces grant scheme and charter

A new grant scheme aimed at helping organisations in the community to run warm spaces this winter has been launched by Lancashire County Council.

Grants of up to £500 will be available for organisations in the Voluntary, Community, Faith and Social Enterprise (VCFSE) sector, as well as parish and town councils to create or improve their warm space offer in their community.

All libraries in Lancashire have been designated as warm and welcome spaces where people can find a warm drink, a space to sit, free computers and Wi-Fi, charging points for digital equipment, plus activities and help from staff.

Dr Sakthi Karunanithi, Director of Public Health, Lancashire County Council, said: “We know that living in a cold home can have numerous negative impacts on an individual’s health and wellbeing.

“To prepare for the winter, we are letting the public know that they can come to any of our libraries to feel warm, welcome and speak to our staff who can signpost to further support”.

These organisations will also be asked to sign up to the Lancashire Warm Space Charter, which is a set of seven principles that they should adhere to, to help local people know what to expect when entering a warm space.

Councillor Michael Green, cabinet member for health and wellbeing, said: “When an organisation signs up to the Charter, they are giving a guarantee that those who use it will be entering a safe, accessible, and warm space, and treated with respect and dignity, without judgement and in confidence.

“Initially we are making £72,000 available for organisations to bid to, which will be kept under review, and we are also investing in training, which will help them to feel more confident with any issues or concerns they have”.

For more information about the Lancashire Warm Spaces Grant Scheme, visit: lancashire.gov.uk/costofliving