A CAFÉ and town centre shops in Tunbridge Wells have registered as ‘Warm Spaces’ to support those who find themselves struggling to heat their homes during the winter months.
The Kitchen Table in Camden Road and Zero Waste in The Pantiles have joined a national scheme that provides a warm, welcoming and safe space with basic refreshments of tea and coffee at no cost to those needing the service.
As the cost-of-living crisis continues, the Warm Welcome Campaign claim that 16.4 million people will be plunged into fuel poverty this winter, with elderly people, children, people with disabilities, and those from ethnic-minority communities and low-income households being the most vulnerable.
There are over 1,600 registered ‘warm spaces’ across the UK, but only three are so far located in Tunbridge Wells, with the other space being St Philip’s Church, Birken Road.
The Kitchen Table has urged more organisations in the town to sign up and support the local community. Registered spaces will have a ‘Warm Space’ poster in their window and can be found online at: warmwelcome.uk/#find-a-space