New scheme sees Cardiff libraries open as ‘heating hubs’ to tackle cost of living crisis

Those who attend can also get a free hot drink

Cardiff Council have launched a new scheme which aims to assist residents in local hubs and libraries during the current cost of living crisis.

Starting from Monday 10th October, Cathays Branch and Heritage Library, along with many other sites in the city (See below for the complete list) will offer residents a place to go during the day to enjoy a free hot drink and heating, as well as the opportunity to explore other support schemes that the hubs offer, and meet other members of the local community. This scheme will be offered daily during normal opening hours.

Cabinet member for housing and communities, Councillor Lynda Thorne, says that the scheme aims to help residents “combat the cost of living pressures affecting everyone right now” and offer support in hubs and libraries which are “thriving community spaces with lots on offer”.

As well as the schemes taking place in the hubs, the Council are also offering bursaries to organisations who may want to deliver similar schemes. Up until Monday 24th October, places of worship and community centres can apply for the ‘Warm Spaces Fund’ offering up to £500, and other groups can apply for up to £1,500 from the ‘Loneliness and Isolation Fund’ to facilitate marketing costs, venue hire and meeting availability in their support schemes.

Please see below for the complete list of hubs and libraries across Cardiff offering the Council’s new scheme:

  • Butetown Hub
  • Butetown Pavilion – Youth Hub
  • Canton Library
  • Capel i Bawb, Cardiff Royal Infirmary
  • Cathays Branch and Heritage Library
  • Central Library Hub
  • Ely and Caerau Hub
  • Fairwater Hub
  • Grangetown Hub
  • Llandaff North and Gabalfa Hub
  • Llanederyn Powerhouse Hub
  • Llanishen Hub
  • Llanrumney Hub
  • Penylan Library and Community Centre
  • Radyr Hub
  • Rhiwbina Hub
  • Rhydypennau Hub
  • Rumney Partnership Hub
  • St Mellons Hub
  • STAR Hub
  • Whitchurch Hub

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