Mayor urges Warm Space providers to join network to help spread the word

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Bedford Central Library
Many people visit the town centre to use Bedford Central Library

Bedford’s mayor has called for all those offering warm spaces this winter to let the council know so it can help promote them.

During November’s full council meeting (Wednesday 30 November), councillor Stephen Moon (Conservative, Great Barford) asked what the take-up had been for the Warm Spaces Network.

Warm Spaces offer free places where people can go to stay warm, chat, read or perhaps have a hot drink.

Bedford mayor, Dave Hodgson, said the council’s website lists around 25 places, not including the borough’s libraries.

“We know there are others that haven’t told us formally and we are trying to chase those down, ” he said.

“If anybody here does know of a village hall, a church, a community centre, that’s offering it for a day or morning a week or an afternoon in a week, could you please let [the council] know, because we want to have as extensive a list as possible.

“Risely has three places, and other villages have none. I suspect there are plenty of people in the villages and the towns across the borough that we just don’t know about.

“Please let us know so we can share that with residents.

“There’s quite a few, but we could do many more,” he said.

“What we have [also] done is made sure that the small payment we can make to help with the heating has been made much simpler than actually becoming an NHS supplier and having to go through their bureaucracy,” the mayor added.

If you have opened a warm space and would like it included on the Bedford Borough Warm Spaces Network you can email public.health@bedford.gov.uk.

by John Guinn
Local Democracy Reporter