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Feel welcome in Hertsmere's Warm Spaces

Last Modified November 14, 2022
 

A new initiative aimed at helping people struggling with the rising cost of living to escape the cold this winter has launched in Hertsmere.

Libraries, family and community centres and places of worship are operating as Warm Spaces in Borehamwood, Bushey and Potters Bar, and more are due to be announced shortly across the borough. Warm Spaces are places where people can gather, feel safe and welcome, enjoy some company, a hot drink and other services or activities, such as free wifi. The venues are free to use and open to all. 

The initiative has been organised by us, in partnership with Hertfordshire County Council, Communities 1st, Big Local, Aldenham Parish Council and the Diocese of St Albans, with funding provided by Hertfordshire Community Foundation.

Councillor Meenal Sachdev, Portfolio Holder for Community Leisure, Health and Wellbeing, said:  “With additional pressures on household budgets and colder months on the horizon, we want everyone in the borough to feel supported.

“Every person has the right to be warm, and we pledge that all who use a warm space will be treated with respect and without judgement.

“Where possible, our spaces hope to provide activities for those who wish to partake, or can simply be used as a warm place to read, study or chat with others.”

Mayor of Hertsmere, Councillor John Graham, said: “I was honoured to launch one of our warm spaces in Borehamwood.

“We know there are challenging times ahead and people may struggle to make ends meet. This is why this new initiative is absolutely pivotal when it comes to supporting our residents.”

Warm spaces venues in Borehamwood include St Michael’s and All Angels Church, Borehamwood Library, Aberford Community Centre and Organ Hall Community Centre, and venues in Bushey include Bushey Library, SRMD London Spiritual Centre and The Red Trust Bushey Foodbank. Potters Bar offerings include Potters Bar Baptist Church, St John's Methodist Church, St Giles South Mymms, Christ Church Little Health and King Charles the Matyr. With more due to be added, a full list is available at www.hertsmere.gov.uk/warmspaces.

Providing warm spaces is just one of the ways we are supporting residents through the increased cost of living.

Advice and information on where to go for practical help with fuel costs, managing finances and making savings, can be found at www.hertsmere.gov.uk/financialsupport

Hertfordshire County Council has also created an online warm spaces’ directory, making it easy to find designated spaces close by. The directory can be found here: www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/warmspaces

 

Organisations interested in becoming a warm space, or to register to volunteer, should contact us for further information at: community.services@hertsmere.gov.uk

Residents who are struggling with the rising pressure on household budgets can also get in touch with with HertsHelp on 0300 123 4044 or www.hertshelp.net

Posted on Monday 14th November 2022
 

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