Warm places - Keeping Cheshire East warm 

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Warm Places in Cheshire East

Cheshire East wants to do more for its residents this winter to ensure residents are warm and to ease some of the unprecedented pressures on people at this time of year due to rising costs.

Warm PlaCEs are places where people can come together to stay warm, perhaps enjoy a cuppa or a bowl of soup.  


All libraries will:

  • provide warm welcoming spaces and comfortable areas to sit during normal opening hours. See libraries webpages for opening hours. This will include seating for individuals and areas for people to socialise.
  • signpost vulnerable users to charities and other council departments
  • be involved in gifting resources in partnership with local charities/organisations eg duvets, hot water bottles etc.
  • provide activities and drop-in sessions for all age groups/user groups.
  • provide free library membership which enables customers to access a wide range of free resources, hard copy and online, that can be used in the library (and elsewhere).
  • provide library members free WiFi, free computer use for an hour each day, and space for home workers
  • have sockets where phones and devices can be charged

Extra activities in libraries as part of this initiative:

  • Libraries will provide extra help desks/opportunities for community organisations or council organisations. For example, advice and information on reducing household bills, saving energy and tackling debt.
  • Libraries will provide additional activities such as games and crafts, to do as a drop-in activity to keep people amused for long periods of time.
  • There are some new groups starting Autumn, for example several new reading groups, conversations groups etc.

We wish to work with our local partners, businesses, and community organisations to create a network of Warm PlaCEs across Cheshire East.

We will create a directory of all the Warm PlaCEs available to our residents across the public, private, health and voluntary sectors so that anyone who is cold knows where they can go to get warm.

Cheshire East Warm PlaCEs Charter

By signing up to be a Warm PlaCE we commit to;

  1.  Providing warm welcome, as well as a warm place
  2. Treating everyone equally, with dignity and respect
  3. Ensuring our Warm PlaCE is a safe place
  4. Not telling anyone who needs our Warm Place*
  5. Not judging anyone on why they need a Warm Place

*We may need to inform others if we are concerned for the safety an individual or that of others

To ensure that there is a varied offer, with good geographical representation we have funding available for organisations that can offer the following:

Hot food provision - £1,000

Examples may include;

  1. Providing additional free meals at an existing lunch club
  2. Providing meals for families after an existing children’s club
  3. Serving soup after a bingo evening
  4. Creating a new family cooking group where members prepare a meal and then eat together
  5. Offering hot drinks and sandwiches between two separate groups/sessions

Hot drink provision - £250

Examples may include;

  1. Providing a warm, welcoming space with a hot drink
  2. Creating a ‘drop in’ area within the venue for people to spend time in as needed
  3. Providing hot drinks at existing activities
  4. Charging stations for mobile phones

We require applications from and are able to fund the following:

Table detailing funding available
 Care Community Hot meal provision Hot drink provision
Bollington, Disley and Poynton Offer complete 3
Chelford, Handforth, Alderley Edge and Wilmslow Offer complete 4
Congleton and Holmes Chapel 1 3
Crewe Offer complete 2
Knutsford 2 3
Macclesfield 1 4
Nantwich 2 3
Sandbach, Middlewich, Alsager, Scholar Green, Haslington 2 6
Apply for funding to help you become a Warm PlaCE

Support from Businesses and other organisations

We recognise that businesses and other organisations may also be offering support within their buildings. If you would like this support added to the directory, please sign up to the Warm PlaCEs charter.

Sign up for the Warm PlaCEs Charter

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