Network of spaces dedicated to keeping residents warm this winter announced by Wigan Council

Network of spaces dedicated to keeping residents warm this winter announced by Wigan Council

Community organisations and council buildings across Wigan Borough have opened their doors wide open to keep residents warm throughout the winter months in response to the rising cost of living.

The network of warm, welcoming spaces is made up of a range of the borough’s libraries and galleries, as well as leisure centres and charity hubs.

Organisations who have signed up to become a warm, welcoming space invite people into their buildings to sit, chat with others, take in their surroundings and stay warm.

Wigan Council’s network of ‘warm, welcoming spaces’ are spread across the borough and promise a friendly, judgement-free welcome to those who use them.

Councillor Chris Ready, cabinet member for communities at Wigan Council, said: “We’re proud to be coming together with our borough’s amazing charities and community hubs to lead the way in creating our network of 75 warm, welcoming spaces.

“Each of our warm, welcoming spaces are slightly different in what they offer, but we promise that if you do visit, you’ll be met with warmth, kindness and a friendly Wigan Borough welcome.

“While needing to use a warm, welcoming space isn’t a position we want anyone to find themselves in, we know the reality is that the next few months are set to be a challenging time for many of our residents and we want to ensure we can help as many people as possible.”

The spaces have been opened as part of the council’s Here for You campaign – which encourages residents who are worried about their finances to talk to the council and ask for support as soon as possible.

Councillor Ready added: “The message we’re sharing in our here for you campaign is loud and clear.

“If you are feeling the pressure of rising costs and finding it hard to know where to turn, you aren't alone and there are lots of organisations around to point you in the right direction. Don’t face this on your own – just ask, and we will try our best to support you.”

View a full list of warm, welcoming spaces and to find out more about Here for You.

Posted on Tuesday 22nd November 2022

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