Over the past few months many community centres and churches have been planning to open their doors to members of the community who may find it hard to stay at home this winter, owing to the rising cost of living.
As this initiative evolves, The High Sheriff of Lincolnshire Tim Strawson is holding an event for those involved in Warm Spaces, or for those who would like to help.
The event is open to organisations, companies, charities and individuals interested in helping and will take place on Monday 7th November at 6pm at the YMCA Lincolnshire. The purpose is to collaborate and build on the good work that has already been undertaken and to try and develop a full plan to deliver this long term.
Building on an established winter plan
Tim has applauded the efforts of community leaders, groups, church communities and local charities, for their swift action in establishing a network of Warm Spaces across the city, in response to the ongoing Cost-of-Living Crisis.
“I have been struck by the efforts across the city and the county to ensure no-one is cold and alone this winter” stated Tim. “This event aims to bring all of those selfless, hardworking community leaders and volunteers together to ensure the services across the county are consistent and safe. We really need a big plan; we need to identify gaps in provision and a way to coordinate how we can work together to find the resource, people and funds to open new sites where they may be needed. Our first task will be to try and map current provision in Lincoln, and to engage local businesses in this great work before quickly moving onto the rest of the county”.
Lincolnshire based charity His Church will also be attending the event, exploring how they can support the new Warm Spaces with supplies of food and drink.
The invitation to attend this event is extended to anyone involved in the provision of a Warm Space in the County, those organisations who are considering establishing a Warm Space, and local businesses and people who would like to help with this initiative in any way that they can.
Event Details: Monday 7th November, 6pm
Event Venue: YMCA Lincolnshire, The Showroom, Tritton road, Lincoln, LN6 7QY
Parking: free parking available on site