Register to become a Warm Space in Gateshead
Sharing Warm Spaces for Gateshead
We know that many of our partners across Gateshead already provide this type of facility, so if this is you, we're asking you to consider registering your facilities and/or services with us so we can add you to our Warm Spaces directory to let our residents know how to access the Warm Spaces near them. We're also asking you to think about how you can enhance your space even further, perhaps by accessing our Warm Space grants.
If you've got a Warm Space already, please tell us about your facilities and services using the form below so we can add to our directory.
It should take you less than two minutes to complete the form.
Small grants (£50 - £500) are available to organisations in Gateshead for the creation and improvement of Warm Spaces for local communities, leading to a positive difference for those living in the area.
If your organisation has not received a Warm Spaces small grant before, you will need to complete an expression of interest by 5 January 2023. Applications are accepted from Gateshead agencies and community-led organisations delivering services in Gateshead for a client group that is predominantly from Gateshead. Organisations must demonstrate:
- commitment to the Warm Spaces charter and addition to the Warm Spaces directory
- people-centred activity, for example promotion of equality, inclusivity and diversity
- value for money
- local-focused projects and a demonstrable ability to connect with local people
If your organisation applied for a small grant during the initial round of funding in the summer, you do not need to complete the expression of interest form again. Instead, you will receive a grant agreement to complete and return to us. We anticipate payments will be made by the end of January 2023, subject to receipt of your completed grant agreement.
What you can expect if you offer a Warm Space
If you want to offer a Warm Space you will be asked to sign up to the Warm Spaces charter, developed in collaboration with the Gateshead Poverty Truth Commission. The Charter is intended to help local people who want to use the Warm Spaces to know what to expect when they step across the threshold of a Warm Space building; a guarantee of respect, dignity and warmth.
Two training modules are available to you. The first is mandatory for all Warm Space participants and includes:
- Understanding the Warm Space Charter
- Things to consider in preparing your venue to receive visitors
- The importance of confidentiality in a Warm Space
- Understanding the Cost of Living Crisis and how this affects people
- Making Every Contact Count
- Signposting visitors to advice, advocacy, and support
- Communicating under different circumstances and managing difficult conversations.
The second training module is discretionary. It includes:
- Basic energy efficiency information and signposting
- Signposting for energy advice to include charitable grants
- Understanding the Household Support Fund and how to refer
You'll also receive branding guidance and a social media toolkit so you can create own materials to promote your Warm Space.
Warm Space participants will be expected to adhere to their own safeguarding policies and ensure that all staff and volunteers are briefed on these procedures.