24/10/2022 - Permalink

A very Warm Welcome offered across Shropshire   

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More than 80 community spaces and council buildings will be offering a Warm Welcome to Shropshire residents this autumn and winter.   

The colder months can be a lonely and challenging time for many people, especially those who may be worried about the cost of energy bills.   

The Warm Welcome project is a collaboration between Shropshire Council and partners which highlights community venues where people can go for free to socialise, meet friends and take part in activities while also keeping warm.   

Warm Welcome this winter - infographic

Warm Welcome this winter

A webpage highlighting each Warm Welcome location, its opening times and what is now available on the Shropshire Council website.  

Each location will soon bear the Shropshire Warm Welcome logo, and is free to enter, warm, safe and inclusive.    

Gwilym Butler, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for finance and corporate resources, said:-

“The colder and darker winter months can be a tough time for many people. Please know you are not alone. There are lots of community spaces open during autumn and winter where you can spend as little or as long as you like during their opening hours.   

“Keep warm, meet new people or catch up with friends and find out what kind of support is on offer in Shropshire. Some places, like our council libraries, will also have books, toys, games, free WiFi, interesting talks and more.”  

If you are unable to get online, and need support finding your nearest Warm Welcome, please contact us on 0345 678 9012 – select option 1.  

If you are concerned about the rising cost of living, you can get support with energy, food, money, mental health and more, as well as read expert blogs, on our website.   

There is also an online checklist residents can work through to ensure they are maximising their incomes and reducing costs where possible.      

More information 

The cost of living advice and support is a partnership between Shropshire Council, Citizens Advice Shropshire, Marches Energy Agency, Shropshire Food Poverty Alliance, Age UK, Community Resource, The Shropshire Voluntary and Community Sector Assembly and Shropshire Mental Health Support.