The Archbishop of York backs the Warm Welcome Campaign

October 2023

Millions are looking ahead to this winter with ‘fear and anxiety’ about the cost of heating their homes, the Archbishop of York said today as he backed the launch of a campaign to provide a network of warm spaces for people who struggle to pay their energy bills.

Archbishop Stephen Cottrell is encouraging churches to consider getting involved – if they are not already – in the Warm Welcome campaign, a network of venues from community centres to churches providing warm spaces over the winter for people struggling to heat their homes.

In a video message to support the launch, Archbishop Stephen said:

“Sadly, what began as a cost-of-living crisis has simply become the new normal for many.”

“Millions of people will look ahead to this winter with fear and anxiety, wondering how they are going to cope with high living costs.”

“That is why I am proud to endorse the Warm Welcome campaign this winter.”

“But a warm welcome isn’t only about the temperature. It is about kindness and community,  giving people the chance to be seen and known, to belong and to be part of something. It is about celebrating the God-given value and dignity of every single person, finding hope and community together.  But of course none of that will happen if people are cold.”

“So, I warmly encourage all churches – alongside other faith groups and community organisations – to consider getting involved.”

You can register your Warm Welcome Space here.

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