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Funding helps create warm spaces across Boston Borough

Local churches, community centres and public houses are among the places that have become Warm Spaces across the Borough of Boston.

Warm Spaces funding awarded to Boston Borough Council from National Grid has enabled 12 organisations in the Borough to keep open their doors to anyone who needs somewhere to go during the colder months and to enjoy a hot drink and some company.

The contributions of up to £500 go towards the running of a warm space - and so far, £6,000 has been allocated to 12 organisations.

A Warm Spaces Charter has also been created for those offering a warm space, which is intended to help local people know what to expect when they enter a Warm Space and what those providing spaces expect from them in return. Every time you come to a Warm Space you will be given a warm welcome from the friendly staff and volunteers. Every Warm Space is a non-judgemental space.

Cllr Martin Griggs, Portfolio Holder for Housing and Communities, said: "We are pleased to be able to provide funding for these organisations to set up or improve warm spaces for the community.

"There are a number of people that have struggled to heat their homes this winter and we want to be able to help. Warm spaces provide a safe haven for people to enjoy some warmth at no cost.

"The funding support applications are still open and I encourage all those that are open as Warm Space to contact us for our support."

For more information about this funding support grant, please contact Nichola Holderness, Empowering Healthy Communities Coordinator by calling 01205 314269 or emailing Nichola.holderness@boston.gov.uk

Visit www.boston.gov.uk/warmspaces for more information about the support available across the borough.