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How you can help with welcome spaces

We are developing a network of welcome spaces across the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole area. This is a network of friendly spaces in the local community where people feel welcomed to visit and can meet others, take part in activities, get a warm drink or meal, or spend some quiet time away from their home. Days, times and what is offered varies from venue to venue, but all offer a warm and welcoming space. Some will just be a welcoming space whilst others may provide an activity or support as well.

Welcoming people is vital to ensuring that those who need it most feel able to use the space. A welcome space should be free to use and encourage people to stay as long as they want. It also needs to be a friendly, comfortable environment where people feel at ease and at home.

The Centre for Sustainable Energy website has some tips on how to save energy in your community building.

Guidance on becoming a welcome space

A Warm Welcome – setting up a warm space in your community is a guidance pack compiled by the UK’s library and information association CILIP, and funded by the Martin Lewis charity fund. It provides guidance on potential heating costs, accessibility and other considerations to bear in mind while setting up a suitable community space.

Promoting your welcome space

If you are involved in running a welcome space and are happy for us to share the details, please contact our Communities Team by emailing

Support with relevant policies and procedures

Don’t forget if you are a community group, charity or voluntary organisation, Community Action Network can support you with recruiting, training and retaining volunteers and help you to ensure you have essential policies and procedures in place, including safeguarding.

Funding opportunities

If you are looking for funding support for your welcome space or related projects, please sign up for our What Funds newsletter to see what is currently available and open for applications.

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