Many churches across Sheffield Methodist District are preparing to offer Warm Spaces this winter in response to the cost of living crisis.
Although a significant financial intervention has now been announced by the UK government, for those who were already struggling to make ends meet this winter will be very difficult. In many communities support is still desperately needed.
At its simplest, being a Warm Space is about simple non-stigmatising neighbourly hospitality. Providing a warm welcome, a hot drink or bite to eat, a listening ear, and being ready to help people access further specialist support. Is this something your church needs to do?
New guidance is rapidly evolving. For now we recommend:
We know that responding to the need to provide warm spaces in such a time of national crisis as this may put strain on church finances. And that some churches and people within our congregations will be facing rising bills or lower incomes themselves.
If your church is stepping forward to respond to a desperate community need there will be people who can and want to contribute time, expertise or money (e.g. have you considered asking your local councillors, members of regular groups using your building, asking your local food bank for advice, holding a Circuit Warm Spaces Gift Day).
But to help you get started, we are offering grants of £500 to churches offering a Warm Space this winter. Qualifying Warm Space sessions will be:
If you think you may qualify, please complete the simple claim form below. If you have any queries contact Neil Harland, District Mission Enabler – firstname.lastname@example.org