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News- Warm Spots & Cost of Living

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WARM SPOTS  are places in the community that will give people a warm space and warm welcome as the cost-of-living crisis begins to bite. Many will be existing spaces and events, such as libraries, churches, playgroups and local coffee mornings, but some might be entirely new.

We know that many organisations and communities in Penrith are already organising Warm Spot type activity, and we’re encouraging them to register if they will meet these basic criteria:

  • A warm, heated space
  • A warm welcome (at least one volunteer or member of staff present and able to welcome people)
  • A warm drink (which might be free or provided at cost)
  • Open for at least 2 hours a week (as a regular time slot)

If you are hosting a registered Warm Spot in Penrith we can help meet the cost of refreshments. Please contact the Council Office  for more information.

Find Warm Spots in Penrith:

Please use this link below to find the most update to date places in Penrith that are offering a wams spot:

WARMSPOTS PENRITH


Penrith Warm Spots

Screen readers please note that the underlined headings below will open a new webiste of the host of a warm spot.

Penrith Library

Public library – scheduled activities throughout the week, Access to free public Wi-Fi and public pcs. Phone charging available Friendly, approachable staff Signposting to support services
kay.metcalfe@cumbria.gov.uk
 
penrith@salvationarmy.org.uk

Newton Rigg Ltd, Penrith

You will have the chance to have a warm drink, in a warm space and meet others with an interest in land based skills and knowledge.
katharinejane@nrtraining.co.uk
 

Restore Penrith

We have a community space in our shop that has space set aside.
We have community groups on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday so far in this space, but there is still room for others to find quiet space.
beth.honey@restorecumbria.co.uk

Toolkit to open a Warm Spot

Please use the link below to help your organisation open a Warm Spot@

TOOLKIT


Warm Home Discount Scheme

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy has announced the reopening of the Warm Home Discount scheme which will provide a discount of £150 off electricity bills for three million low-income households this winter. Most households will receive the discount automatically.

The government has launched a new online tool, to make it easier for the public to check if they are eligible for the discount. The online tool will guide customers through the eligibility criteria in England and Wales, asking questions about electricity supply, the benefits they receive and characteristics of their property.

All customers will receive a letter between this month (November) and mid-January 2023 confirming their eligibility and the payment will be made automatically through energy suppliers by March 2023.

The government is also writing to customers who may be eligible, advising them to use the tool linked below to check eligibility, as well as to use the helpline for particularly complex cases.

Cost of Living

Cost of Living Community Leaders Guide

Cumbria County Council have identifed that it has been useful to schools, staff in libraries, and all kinds of voluntary and community sector groups to have a toolkit or guide to assit with community issues and they have developed and published a new guide which can be opened using the underlined link below:

Cost of Living Community Leaders Guide

Household leaflet

An electronic copy of the Household Leaflet, that should be dropping through letterboxes across Cumbria can beopened using the underlined link below:

Cost of Living household leaflet

Second cost-of-living payment

The government has announced that households receiving benefits from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) will receive the second part of the £650 cost-of-living payment.

The second payment of £324 will automatically be paid into the bank accounts of most of those eligible in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland who receive a qualifying DWP benefit. This means those eligible will not need to do anything to receive the money.

Eligible customers who receive tax credits and no other eligible benefits from DWP will receive their payment from HM Revenue and Customs between 23 and 30 November.

Money Navigator Tool – reminder

Anyone in financial difficulty can access money and debt guidance for free. Money Helper UK provides guidance based upon individual circumstances and help find support in their area.


Organisations offering WARM SPOTS should register using this link:

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/warmspots


NATIONAL MAP OF WARM SPACES:

https://warmspaces.org/spaces

USEFUL WEBSITE LINKS TO HELP WITH THE COST OF LIVING CRISIS

Help to save energy:

https://cafs.org.uk/cold-to-cosy-homes-cumbria/

 Free School meals and help with uniform:

https://cumbria.gov.uk/childrensservices/schoolsandlearning/freeschoolmeals.asp

 Healthy Start Scheme:
https://www.healthystart.nhs.uk/

Help with household bills:

https://helpforhouseholds.campaign.gov.uk/help-with-your-bills/

Financial Help

https://www.cumbria.gov.uk/costofliving/financialsupport.asp

Help with childcare costs:

https://helpforhouseholds.campaign.gov.uk/help-with-childcare-costs/

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