Warm Welcome Spaces will once again have their doors open this winter as Manchester City Council sets out its support for residents.

Last year there were tens of thousands of visits to places which had been set up as non-judgemental safe spaces where people could get out of the cold.

This year the city’s 22 libraries will once again operate as ‘warm welcome spaces’, providing a range of support to people who need it.

This can range from free hot drinks, free Wi-Fi, free data SIM cards, newspapers, information and advice and extra signposting to support services in the city.

It is important to say that these spaces – locations of which can be found at the Warm Welcome Spaces website – are free to enter, and can be stayed in for as long as you like.

As well as the City Council’s 22 libraries, there are dozens of other community and volunteer run spaces that will be taking part in the support offer this year.

“Through our Warm Welcoming Spaces offer we are extending a helping hand to people who may be struggling this winter.

“Through this scheme we want to help tackle poverty and isolation and show, that help is always available to people in Manchester who may be finding things difficult.

“In Manchester no one should be cold this winter and I am proud that once again our communities are pulling together to support our vulnerable residents.”

Councillor Joanna Midgley, Deputy Leader of Manchester City Council

Useful Links and information

We continue to respond to our residents who have been worst affected by the Cost of Living on a day-to-day basis. Any Manchester resident needing support can ring 0800 023 2692. The line is open Monday to Friday 9am to 4:30pm.

People can also visit manchester.gov.uk/helpinghands to obtain access to support for a range of issues.

Warm Welcome: https://www.warmwelcome.uk

Manchester Libraries offer: Warm Spaces in Libraries across Manchester – manclibraries blog