Warm Spaces Initiative

If you are interested in offering a warm space for your local community this winter please register for your free listing on the Essex Map homepage. When developing your listing ensure you select the warm spaces category and warm spaces tag which makes it easier for users of the Essex Map to find your listing.

A Warm Welcome

Setting up a warm space in your community. Local communities have stepped up in many ways to support their neighbours through the cost of living crisis. This includes groups with spaces, or those who are able to provide
furnishings, activities, advice and support.

Welcoming people into your space is vital to ensuring that those who need it most feel able
to use your space. The Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (Cilip) has created a helpful guide to help you set up a warm space for your community. Read the guide here.

Essex Warm Bank / Warm Room Expression Of Interest – Winter 2022 / 23

If your organisation is interested in setting up a warm space this winter, please complete the below expression of interest form so we can see the types of organisations who are interested, the area and what can be offered in terms of support.

Expression of interest form.

Helpful resources

Citizens Advice cost of living data dashboard

Britain is facing its biggest cost of living crisis in decades. Citizens Advice has seen more people coming to us for help with crisis support, energy problems and not having enough money to make ends meet than ever before. In this dashboard we share insights from across our service on how the crisis is affecting the people we help.

View the dashboard here.

Funding Opportunities

Aviva Community Fund

The rising cost of living is putting extra strain on individuals, communities and the causes that support them. The need is greater than ever, and funding isn’t stretching as far. Many organisations are working tirelessly to meet this challenge, but they need help to keep their doors open.

With our additional £2 million Cost of Living Boost, the Aviva Community Fund will bring people together to support those who need it most. We’ll match every individual donation up to £250*

Apply here.