Despite the prime minister’s recent energy announcement, millions of households will still be in fuel poverty this winter, with people with disabilities, elderly people, children, people from ethnic minorities, and low-income households amongst the most affected groups.
There is an estimated £800 gap between the overall cost-of-living and package for families on means-tested benefits, meaning many will have to look their local community and churches for support.
The Warm Welcome Campaign is the community response to the crisis.
We are determined to equip and support thousands of free, warm, and welcoming spaces in communities across the UK. Working with churches and other faith groups, civil society organisations, businesses and Local Authorities, we want to make sure that nobody is left to suffer on their own this winter.
Warm Welcome spaces will be free with no hidden costs.
Warm Welcome spaces are heated and able to provide basic refreshments such as tea/coffee.
Warm Welcome spaces are inclusive, non-judgmental spaces where everyone can expect a warm welcome from staff and volunteers.
Every organisation setting up a Warm Welcome space will abide by their usual safeguarding policies and hygiene rules. Organisations will make basic signposting information available to people who need further support and help.
“In the pandemic, we saw community spirit in action with the way our partners stepped up to support activities that helped bring us closer together - we need the same kind of response now. Opening up your community space, committing a few hours of volunteering to staff it and providing the 'Warm Welcome' is a small act, but with a cross-country network of these spaces we can help those who need it most maintain dignity, and live well during the winter to come. However you can help, please do, as we believe we are always stronger /together.”
“The impact of the cost of living crisis is being disproportionately felt by those on the lowest incomes. Already stretched, families are being crushed by soaring household bills and struggling to afford basic essentials like food and heating. It's time to respond, in our churches and communities, to provide warmth to those who need it this winter.”
“There’s little doubt that we are heading towards a moment of crisis this winter in the face of energy and fuel inflation. People will be facing a stark choice between food and warmth. Creating warm and super welcoming spaces full of love, life and community is going to be an absolute necessity. We’re encouraging as many community groups as possible to get involved. It will make an incredible difference to people's lives.”
“The warm welcome campaign demonstrates the innovation and willingness of churches and different community organisations across the UK to partner, and most importantly, to come alongside and serve those most in need this winter and beyond.”
"It has got harder and harder with gas, electric and food going up. You start noticing your money is going nowhere. I'm really frightened about this winter - I'm dreading it. When winter comes everything is going up by another 40% - that will be the end of us. I think a lot of people will be freezing to death because you're choosing between food and heating."
S(Currently getting support through Christians Against Poverty Debt Help)
The Warm Welcome campaign is powered by a coalition of charities: