Stories from Spaces
Discover the heartwarming stories of spaces making a difference.
It was the escape from an empty house that people found most gratifying about our warm space.
Healing and recovery
"Our warm haven provided a vital support system where ethnic minority women could come and share their stories, build friendships, develop resilience and a sense of worth. Supporting these women helped to rebuild their trust, self-confidence, self-esteem and the ability to move towards healing and recovery."
Part of a movement
"It’s great to be part of a movement, it fitted with our culture, our way of working with the community, especially vulnerable and excluded people. Before we joined, we were already thinking about what we could do to support our community through the cost of living crisis. We always have our spaces open everyday so it made great sense to tell people they could use the space as somewhere to keep warm as well."
Shaped by needs
“People like it here as what we offer is shaped by their needs, it’s their space. Many of the people are distrusting of other agencies, so this is a space where they can be themselves.”
“We knew that the worst time of day for those who are cold and isolated is in the evenings. So, we offered a warm space and evening meal. It’s the time of day when people need to put their heating on, so they saved quite a bit of money coming here. We loved creating the menus and cooking and bringing people together. It meant that whole families could come together for a meal they haven’t had to pay for. Vitally, children got a meal too.
Alongside food and drink we made sure there were activities, including board games that everyone could engage with.
We had one teenage boy with autism who really didn’t like leaving his room. His foster carer persuaded him to come along, and he loved it. He started playing chess with another person and it really made a big impact on his life.”