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Warm Spaces

Introduction
Creating Warm Spaces for people in Gateshead
Why we need Warm Spaces
Sharing Warm Spaces for Gateshead
Warm Spaces Gateshead Charter

There is a cost-of-living crisis in the UK resulting in unprecedented pressures on people already in poverty, and this winter despite the support given by Government, thousands of people in Gateshead will be forced to make tough decisions about when and what they eat, what they can do in life, and when they can afford to heat their home.

Gateshead wants to do more to help its residents, delivering upon its Thrive ambitions to ensure we:

  • Put people and families at the heart of everything we do
  • Tackle inequality so people have a fair chance
  • Support our communities to support themselves and each other
  • Work together and fight for a better future for Gateshead
  • Invest in our economy to provide opportunities for employment, innovation and growth

In doing so, we wish to work with our local partners, building on the great work we did during the pandemic, to create a network of Warm Spaces, a group of places where Gateshead people can come together to stay warm, perhaps enjoy a cup of tea and a biscuit.

We have created a directory of all the places available to our residents across the public, private, health and voluntary sectors so that anyone who is cold knows where they can go to get warm, stay warm and enjoy a little company and some hot refreshments.

View our warm spaces directory

Why we need Warm Spaces

From 1 October 2022, the energy price cap will rise again meaning the average household energy bill will increase to £3,459 per year.

The government's position on support is evolving, with some measures already announced, including:

  • Residents in council tax band A to D (or band E where there is a disabled reduction) are eligible for a £150 council tax rebate.
  • All domestic energy customers in Great Britain will receive a £400 grant to help with the cost of their energy bills through the Energy Bill Support Scheme.
  • All pensioner households will receive an extra £300 to help them cover the rising cost of energy this winter.
  • People with disabilities will receive an extra £150 to help with the particular extra costs they face.
  • The Household Support Fund helps households who are not eligible for other kinds of help or need further support. The Government announced a further £500 million of support via the scheme, which will now run until March 2023.

The reality is that for most families, this support barely covers the increase imposed in April - it does not address the increase coming in October or the current price rises for food and fuel and other necessities.

This means that although people will have an extra money to go towards their energy costs it may not make enough of a difference.

Sharing Warm Spaces for Gateshead

If you already offer this type of facility, read about what you can expect expect if you offer a Warm Space and how to sign up to our directory - find out more.

Warm Spaces Gateshead Charter

You'll get a warm welcome as well as Warm Space

Every time you come to a Warm Space you'll be given a warm welcome from the staff and volunteers there.

Everyone is treated equally, with dignity and respect

Everyone has a right to be warm, so everyone in a Warm Space treats people, and is treated by people, with dignity and respect.

Your Warm Space will be a safe space

Your Warm Space will stick to the safeguarding policies that it always uses, and it will stick to food hygiene rules too!

We'll not tell anyone about you needing a Warm Space

If you want to share the reasons you need a Warm Space, someone will listen, but they won't tell anyone else unless you give them permission, or they must because of their safeguarding policies.

It doesn't matter why you need a Warm Space

Every Warm Space is a non-judgemental space; whatever the reason you have for needing to come in, you'll be treated the same and never judged.
 

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