North Somerset: Community 'living rooms' aim to keep residents warm

Woman covering an elderly woman with a blanket
Buildings such as libraries, churches and theatres are part of a network of places people can go to keep warm

More than 40 community "living rooms" have opened in North Somerset to keep residents warm this winter.

The spaces are free and offer activities in libraries, community centres and faith groups.

North Somerset Council has provided the funding, with additional contributions from Bristol Water, Wessex Water and Alliance Homes.

The initiative was launched last year in response to the cost-of-living crisis.

'Council that cares'

Catherine Gibbons, deputy leader at North Somerset Council, said: "It's wonderful that so many community living rooms will be open this winter to offer warm, friendly spaces for members of the community to come together to meet, have a chat and support each other.

"The idea of community living rooms is something I've supported for many years, as a way of bringing people together.

"They are free to attend, and, when set up last year, played a key role in the response to the cost-of-living crisis, offering a warm space for people to spend time together and to help reduce home energy bills.

"I'm very proud that, as a council that cares, we've been able to support so many organisations who are now helping run Community Living Rooms."

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