Creating Warm Spaces for Stockton-on-Tees
There is a cost-of-living crisis in the UK resulting in unprecedented pressures on people already in poverty. The reality is that even with Government aid, there are still thousands of individuals who will have to make tough decisions about when and what they eat and when they can afford to heat their home.
Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council wants to do more to help its residents during these difficult times and create a Warm Spaces Directory, a register of places where Stockton-on-Tees residents can come together to stay warm, perhaps enjoy a hot drink or a bowl of soup. Our goal is to create a directory of all the places available to our residents across the public, private, health and voluntary sectors and to ensure this information is clearly marketed so everyone who is feeling the cold knows where they can go to get warm, stay warm and enjoy a little company and some hot refreshments.
If you already do this, or feel that you would be able to support, please tell us about your facilities and services using this form, it should take you less than 5 minutes to do.
Council funding support is no longer available for this scheme. However you can still register to be a Warm Space and venues can alternatively apply to funding from Catalyst Stockton-on-Tees and the Tees Valley Community Foundation. If you wish to become a Warm Space, please complete an application form and a member of the FSOT team will be in contact to advise what support is available.
If you would like to offer a Warm Space you will be asked to sign up to the Warm Space Charter and further information will be sent to you in regards to the following:
- understanding the Warm Space Charter (Section 2 of this form)
- things to consider in preparing your venue to receive visitors
- the importance of confidentiality in a Warm Space and understanding the Cost of Living Crisis and how this affects people
- signposting or referring visitors to other services for advice, advocacy, and support
- communicating under different circumstances and managing difficult conversations
If you require any further information, please email us at FSOT@stockton.gov.uk and a member of the team will be in contact with you.