As part of our response to the cost of living crisis and to help address issues of social isolation, we are encouraging all our churches to offer a Warm and Welcoming Space.

A Warm and Welcoming Space is a place within the local community where people can be assured of finding a safe, warm, and friendly environment in which to enjoy refreshments, social activity, information and advice and the company of other people.

There is no one-size fits all model for this, just four key principles that our spaces offer.

  • Free to access (and offers a free hot drink on arrival)
  • Warm
  • Welcoming
  • Safe

Based on work of friends in Gateshead and developed in discussion with representatives from our churches, we have developed the simple charter (Please contact Kerry if you need any help with this) for use in our Warm and Welcoming Spaces.

On this page you will also find a set of logos (for download) that provide people with simple visual information about what your space offers.

There is a national charity Warm Welcome UK who promote the offer of Warm and Welcoming Spaces. Their website contains a searchable map of spaces across the United Kingdom and can be found at Find a Warm Welcome Space Today . We have encouraged our churches to register their offer on this website, so you can find provision local to you, with opening times and an idea about the facilities available.

If you are thinking of offering a Warm and Welcoming Space this winter, and want more information, as well as the Warm Welcome UK website there is an excellent webinar from friends in the Methodist Church which can be viewed at Offer a warm space this winter, 5th September 2022 – YouTube.

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