A Guide to Setting up a Warm Space was produced in partnership with Martin Lewis – it includes a template risk assessment form at the end if you need one.
If you are needing support for running something new in your community then Hunts Forum are available to provide up to 1 hour’s ad hoc advice even if your organisation is not registered as a member. View their contact details.
If you are intending to serve more than light refreshments (tea, coffee and biscuits) then we recommend you seek guidance from Environmental Health as you may need to register as a food business. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Supporting Local Residents
Our recommendation is that every volunteer is supported to help residents attending their warm space by undertaking the basic online training links below:
Suicide Prevention Training - a range of short free online training to understand the simple ways to support people experiencing suicidal tendencies
Stop Suicide - Taster talks to provide you with an overview of how to identify a person at risk of suicide and equip you to support that individual to stay safe
Safeguarding Training - a range of 20-minute briefings (presentations with audio) covering a number of locally identified safeguarding issues and what actions to take
Money Helper - a government-approved online advice service.
If you are able to gather any photos of your Warm Space in action, for wider promotion, then please do let us know (please make sure you get photo consent beforehand). Please send any photos to email@example.com
Community Chest Fund
If you are needing financial support, you can submit an application to the HDC Community Chest Grant Fund for up to £500 to support your warm space.
Other Districts in the Area
For those of you who are close to district borders, please see neighbouring offers below: