AS people throughout the UK become ever closer to not being able to heat their homes amidst rising energy costs, Warm Spots are being set up throughout the county.

Cumbria County Council have created an interactive map to find the nearest warm spot, closest to you. 

Click here to view the interactive map of Cumbria's warm spots. 

Warm Spots is a joint project, led by Cumbria County Council, ACTion with Communities in Cumbria, Churches Together in Cumbria, Cumbria Community Foundation and Cumbria CVS.

News and Star: Carlisle's Warm Spots on the mapCarlisle's Warm Spots on the map (Image: Cumbria County Council)

There are now Warm Spot venues in all corners of the county, operating from village halls, community centres, churches, libraries, pubs, and sports centres, some open every day and some just a few hours a week. Everyone is welcome and you will not need to give any explanation of why you are there.

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As a minimum, a Warm Spot will offer a warm space, a warm welcome, someone on hand to talk to if you wish, and, in most cases, a hot drink (free or at cost). But many are offering a much wider range of facilities, activities and support.

Paul Mogford from Kings Church Hub in Cockermouth, who are running several Warm Spots, said:

"We’ve been running informal cafes for several years, supporting various groups within our community. Warm Spots means that we can utilise things we already do to offer extended times to support many more people who are finding the cost of living beyond their income.

"We have groups for older people, one group for teenagers, and are opening a group for non-English speakers. We’re also offering Sunday lunches for those that need it too. People love being able to sit and chat for longer periods of time, and the sense of community is really vibrant and important

"Anyone is welcome from any group of our community – at no cost. Just pop along, bring your conversation, and enjoy some tea and cake!"

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