Council provides funding to support Warm Space in Tenbury Wells
A warm space initiative near the south Shropshire border has been given a £500 grant by a local council.
Tenbury Town Council has been given the money by Malvern Hills District Council (MHDC) under its ‘Warm and Welcoming Grants’ scheme.
A warm space is a free, safe and supportive space for residents to visit during the colder months to enjoy a hot drink and some company.
A number of organisations across the Malvern Hills District have received funding from the council to create or support warm spaces for their local communities. So far up to £5,400 has been allocated to 15 organisations.
A Warm Spaces Charter has also been created for those offering a warm space which is intended to help local people know what to expect when they step across the threshold of a venue: a guarantee of respect, dignity, and warmth.
Councillor Natalie McVey, portfolio holder for housing and health at MHDC, said: “Warm spaces provide a safe haven for people to enjoy some warmth at no cost but to also meet people and socialise.”
Councillor John Gallagher, Poverty Champion at MHDC, said: “Reducing isolation and loneliness is a priority of the council and warm spaces provide a supportive and friendly environment, with food and drink to enjoy."