Cheshire East Council has officially launched a 'Warm PlaCEs' scheme aimed at helping with the cost-of-living crisis.
'Warm PlaCEs' are spaces where people can go, free of charge, to spend time to keep warm if they are struggling to heat or keep their homes warm.
The council has invited voluntary, community and social enterprise groups to join the 'Warm PlaCEs' programme. Organisations can apply for a grant of £250 or £1000 to help set up or improve an existing warm space for their community this winter. Businesses can also register their interest in supporting the 'Warm PlaCEs' scheme.
Councillor Sam Corcoran, leader of Cheshire East Council, said: "The ongoing cost-of-living crisis is having significant impacts nationally and the council anticipates seeing increasing financial pressure on residents, businesses, and community organisations across Cheshire East.
"Building on the excellent work of 'People Helping People', I was delighted to announce at full council last week, residents will have access to 'Warm PlaCEs' across the borough including in all our libraries.
"In the participating connected community centres residents can meet, keep warm, enjoy light social activities, and find out about ways in which people can help each other, alongside a warm meal and/or a hot drink. Useful information and advice on reducing household bills, saving energy, and tackling debt will also be available.
"Residents who are simply looking for somewhere warm and comfortable to sit are also welcome in the 'Warm PlaCEs' across Cheshire East."
Working with partners, the council will also be providing a range of free winter wellbeing items to those who may need extra support. This includes warm clothing, hand warmers, duvets, hot water bottles and energy saving products.
The council will continue to provide essential food and fuel vouchers through Emergency Assistance, the Household Support Scheme and Home Improvement Grants.
To find out more about the support and advice the council has put in place for residents and to see locations of and services available at 'Warm PlaCEs', go to www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/costofliving
Photo: Councillor Sam Corcoran, leader of Cheshire East Council.