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Organisations team up to offer warm spaces across region during the cost of living crisis

Organisations across North Wales have joined together to provide warm, safe spaces for people who are struggling to cope with rising energy costs this winter.

The Croeso Cynnes (Warm Welcome) initiative is being led by Menter Môn, in co-operation with many organisations as part of the 2025 Movement, a group of over 600 people and organisations across North Wales that are working together to tackle avoidable health inequalities across the region.

Partners in Croeso Cynnes have committed to opening up warm, welcoming spaces in offices, libraries and other community centres where people can spend time, enjoy a hot drink and in many cases hot food.

Locally the initiative is available at the Plas Telford Extra Care Scheme in Acrefair.

The scheme also aims to raise awareness of practical support they can access through organisations such as Warm Wales, a Community Interest Company working to tackle fuel poverty across Wales, ensuring that anyone in need of support is referred to people who can help.

Clare Budden, Chair of the 2025 Movement and Chief Executive of ClwydAlyn Housing Association, said: “The cost of living crisis is a huge challenge for our organisations and the people we serve, with health inequalities set to widen further and communities begin to feel the very real impact of soaring energy costs, particularly in Wales which has the highest average electricity bills in the UK.

“It’s great to see so many partners joining together to open up their spaces, from libraries to community centres, to provide local people with a warm and safe space that they can visit to help if they are struggling to heat their homes.

“Everyone involved in 2025 has long been committed to working together to do all we can to tackle inequality and Croeso Cynnes is another example of the difference we can make by joining forces.”

To find out where Croeso Cynnes spaces are available in your area click here.