Throughout the winter, Denbighshire County Council, with the support of Denbighshire Voluntary Services Council has supported 38 local community groups and charities to offer a warm welcome during the cost-of-living crisis.

Partners across Denbighshire joined together to provide warm and safe spaces for people who were struggling to cope with rising energy costs.

Community centres in Corwen, Ruthin and Rhyl have offered warm spaces with hot drinks, an opportunity to socialise and activities such as art and craft classes over the winter period. Local libraries also took part in the scheme.

Third sector and community groups have also been able to offer a number of amenities, including free hot meals, debt and advocacy support, hot refreshments, day care support for people of all ages, men’s and women’s sheds and transport in the more rural areas of the county.

Councillor Rhys Thomas, Lead Member for Housing & Communities said:

“We are delighted that communities across the county have come together to offer a Warm Welcome.

We know that people will have valued the opportunity to meet with new friends and old in a safe and warm place where a warm drink and maybe a snack can be shared.

We know that this winter has been tough for many of our residents, but this initiative has clearly been an important part of our communities’ response to help and support the most vulnerable residents.

With the dramatic increase in the cost of living, especially the price of food and fuel, Denbighshire County Council and its partners will always do their utmost to defend our most vulnerable citizens”.

It is estimated that around 398 people have made use of any one of the warm hubs on a weekly basis.