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'Warm banks' are providing essential warmth this winter

Words by Abi Scaife

As people struggle to afford heating this winter, libraries and other community spaces are opening their doors.

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The cost of living crisis is becoming more difficult for many during winter, with heating prices rising. Community spaces have started opening their doors and functioning as ‘Warm Spaces’, to help those who cannot afford to put on their own heating this winter - but that isn’t where it ends.

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Gainsborough Library is one of 14 designated Warm Spaces in Lincolnshire and is offering a variety of extras to the people in their community. From the ‘kindness racks’ (rails of free clothes) to free period products and discounted food and toiletries, the library has become a lifeline for those who are struggling.

While Gainsborough Library certainly isn’t the only place out there providing some much-needed services to their community, they are certainly doing it well. 

If you’re in need of a Warm Space this winter, take a look at the Warm Spaces website to find somewhere near you. 

This article aligns with the UN SDG Good Health and Wellbeing and Reduced Inequalities.

This article aligns with the following UN SDGs