Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service are opening their doors to a number of their fire stations as part of the warm spaces scheme, to support those struggling with the cost of living crisis.
Several stations will welcome the community in, offering a hot drink, biscuits and activities such as dominoes, card games and puzzle books. Fire service staff will also be on hand to give fire safety advice and to signpost to partner organisations that may be able to offer support in relation to the cost of living.
The scheme has already begun in some areas, with others launching the initiative in the coming weeks as we approach the colder winter months. One of the first to open their doors was Lichfield Community Fire Station, which began on Thursday 10 November from 1.30pm to 3pm. Burton joined its ranks on Friday 18 November, with Barton-under-Needwood opening at the same times on Tuesday 22 November.
Further warm spaces facilities will be available on:
- Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10am – 2pm at Gnosall Community Fire Station
- Thursdays from 10am – 2pm at Stafford Fire Station
- Fridays from 10am – 3pm at Rugeley Community Fire Station.
Speaking of the scheme, Head of Prevent and Protect, Ian Read, said: “I am pleased that we are able to offer these facilities to our communities who are facing considerable challenges in the run up to the winter months.
“I would encourage anyone who is experiencing difficulties in heating their homes and dealing with the cost of living crisis to come along and visit our stations.
“Not only will you be welcomed with a cuppa, you’ll also meet some friendly faces and find out more about how our service can support you. We’ll be using the sessions as an opportunity to raise awareness of our campaign, ‘Be Warm. Be Safe’ which is about encouraging people to warm their homes safely.”
To find out more the Be Warm. Be Safe campaign and to get the latest warm space venues visit Be Warm. Be Safe. (staffordshirefire.gov.uk)