Derby City Council will be launching a range of warm spaces throughout the city to help its residents beat the chill this winter.

With the cost of living rising, many people may not be able to afford to heat their homes easily this winter.  A number of warm spaces will run every week from 30 November until the end of February 2023, for residents to access warmth, social interaction and a hot drink (times subject to change):

  • Rosehill Children’s Centre - Wednesday 1pm – 3pm
  • Derwent Children’s Centre - Wednesday 1pm – 3pm
  • Sinfin Children’s Centre - Tuesday 1pm – 3pm
  • Alvaston Library - Monday 1pm-5pm, Tuesday 9.30 – 5pm, Thursday 9.30am – 7pm, Friday 9.30am – 5pm and Saturday 9.30am – 1pm
  • Mickleover Library - Monday 1pm – 5pm, Tuesday 10am – 5pm, Thursday 10am– 7pm,  Friday 10am– 5pm and Saturday 10am – 1pm
  • Normanton Library - Monday 9.30am – 5pm. Wednesday 9.30am – 7pm. Thursday 1pm - 5pm, Friday 9.30am – 5pm and Saturday 9.30am – 1pm
  • Riverside Library, - Thursdays during their regular weekly coffee mornings, between 10.30am and 12 noon. Monday – Friday 9am  – 5pm and Saturday 9am – 1pm

People attending the library warm spaces are encouraged to bring their own mug, and everyone is welcome to unlimited refills of tea and coffee. All libraries mentioned will be offering hot drinks until 2:30pm.

Councillor Evonne Williams, Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Skills, said:

We are strongly encouraging those who are struggling to heat their homes to come to our winter warmer events. These events present an opportunity not only to sit in a warm space, but also to chat with others over a hot drink and learn about the support and schemes available that can help assist you through the cost-of-living crisis, no matter what problems you may be facing.”

Families in need of children’s winter coats can book a winter coat collection with the Children’s Centre team. The donation deadline for the warm coat appeal has also been extended through December, so families with unwanted used children’s coats, in good condition are encouraged to donate them. You can read more about the Warm Coat appeal in our newsroom article.

As well as the winter warmer events, Derby City Council have also created a new cost-of-living webpage in partnership with Community Action Derby and Derby Homes, which features a wealth of information and advice on various cost-of-living issues.