Health and Wellbeing

A Safe, Warm, Well-come

Creating Warm Spaces for people in Mid & East Antrim

There is a cost-of-living crisis across the UK resulting in unprecedented pressures on people already in poverty.

This winter, despite the support given by Government, many people in Mid and East Antrim will have to make tough decisions about when they can afford to heat their home.

Within our Borough, we have strong and proud communities, with a tradition of helping each other as well as supporting themselves.

Safe, Warm, Well-Come Centres      Why we need Warm Spaces     Sharing Warm Spaces     Becoming a Warm Space 

Warm Space small grant

We want to do more to help our communities and residents, delivering upon our vision to ensure that we:

  • Put people and families first
  • Tackle inequality so people have a fair chance
  • Build capacity within our communities to improve resilience and to support themselves and each other
  • Work together to address the issues that organisations working individually cannot achieve alone

In doing so, we wish to work with our local communities, building on the great work we did during the pandemic, to help people reconnect after Covid, whilst at the same time creating a network of Warm Spaces - places where our residents can come together to stay warm, perhaps enjoy a cup of tea and some companionship, and be supported.

Why we need Warm Spaces

By January 2023 it is estimated that over half of households in the UK (15 million) will be in fuel poverty – spending over 10 per cent of net income on fuel. In Northern Ireland, this figure could be over 70%. This means over 1.4 million people here will be struggling to afford their energy bills.

The crippling cost of living is pushing people in Northern Ireland into making increasingly desperate decisions week-to-week. We are all hearing heartbreaking stories of people skipping meals, turning off their heating, sitting in the dark with no electricity and making their own sanitary products because they simply can’t afford to get by any other way.

Although the proposals for central government assistance are still evolving, the reality is that for most families any direct support they receive to go towards their energy costs may not be enough to make a difference.


Register of Safe, Warm, Well-Come Centres

Name and Address of Centre

Operating dates and times

Brief Description of Activity

Contact details for more information

Carrickfergus Library

2 Joymount Court
Carrickfergus
BT38 7DQ

 

 

Monday:
10am - 8pm
Tuesday:
10am - 5.30pm
Wednesday:
10am - 8pm
Thursday:
10am - 5.30pm
Friday:
9.30am - 5pm
Saturday:
9.30am - 5pm

Rhythm and Rhyme – Thursday and Friday 11am

Tea and Newspapers – Tuesday 10.30am

Knit and Natter – Tuesday 10.30am

Storytime and Craft –  Tuesday 3.30pm

Lego Club –  Friday 3.30pm

T: 028 9336 2261

E: Carrickfergus.library@librariesni.org.uk

Larne Library

36 Pound Street
Larne
Co. Antrim
BT40 1SQ

Monday:
10am - 5pm
Tuesday:
10am - 5pm
Wednesday:
10am - 5pm
Thursday:
2pm - 8pm
Friday:
10am - 5pm
Saturday:
10am - 4pm

Tea and newspapers - Every Tuesday 11am 

Sewing box - Every Tuesday 11am 

Rhythm and Rhyme - Every Monday and Friday 11am

Knit and Natter - Every Wednesday

T: 028 2827 7047

E: larne.library@librraiesni.org.uk

Ballymena Central Library

5 Pat's Brae
Ballymena
Co. Antrim
BT43 5AX

Monday:
10am - 8pm
Tuesday:
9.30am - 5.30pm
Wednesday:
9.30am - 5.30pm
Thursday:
10am - 8pm
Friday:
9.30am - 5pm
Saturday:
9.30am - 4pm
Sunday:
Closed

Tea and Newspapers - daily from 10am to 3pm

Rhythm and Rhyme - every Wednesday and Friday 10.30am to 11am. Also every Friday from 11.30am to 12pm

Knit and Natter - every Tuesday from 10.30am to 11.30am

 

 

 T: 028 2563 3950

E: ballymena.library@librariesni.org.uk

 

Broughshane library

 


Monday:
Closed

Tuesday:
10.30am - 1pm
2pm - 5pm
5.30pm - 8pm

Wednesday:
Closed

Thursday:
10.30am - 1pm
2pm - 5pm

Friday:
Closed

Saturday:
10.30am - 1pm
2pm - 4pm

Sunday:
Closed

Tea and Newspapers - 10.30am – 1pm, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday

Knit and Natter - 6.30pm - 8pm every Tuesday

Mindful Colouring - Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday during opening hours

Board games - Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday during opening hours

SAD Lamp - available Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday during opening hours

T: 028 2586 1613

E: Broughshane.Library@librariesni.org.uk

Portglenone Library

Tuesday:
2pm - 5pm
5.30pm - 8pm

Wednesday:
10.30am - 1pm

Thursday:
10.30am - 1pm
2pm - 5pm

Saturday:
10.30am - 1pm
2pm - 4pm

Tea and newspapers - during opening hours (excluding Tuesday evenings 5.30pm - 8pm)

Rhythm and Rhyme - Wednesday 10.30am - 11am

Knit & Natter - Wednesday 11.30am -12.30pm

Cryptic Corner/ Mindful Colouring In - Thursday 11am – 1pm

T: 028 2582 2228

E: Portglenone.library@librariesni.org.uk

Carnlough Library

Town Hall
Carnlough
Antrim
BT44 0EU

Tuesday:
1pm - 8pm

Thursday:
10am - 1pm
2pm - 5pm

Saturday:
10am - 4pm

Tea and newspapers - Every Thursday from 10am to 1pm

Mindful colouring - Every Thursday from 10am to 1pm

Rhythm and Rhyme - Every Saturday from 10.30am to 11am

Adult Reading Group - Fourth Tuesday of every month from 2pm to 3pm

Knit and Natter - Every Tuesday from 3.30pm to 4.30pm

T: 028 2888 5552

E: Carnlough.library@librariesni.org.uk

Kells and Connor

 

Monday:
Closed

Tuesday:
10.30am - 1pm
2pm - 5pm
5.30pm - 8pm

Wednesday:
Closed

Thursday:
10.30am - 1pm
2pm - 5pm

Friday:
Closed

Saturday:
10.30am - 1pm
2pm - 4pm

Sunday:
Closed

Rhythm and Rhyme - Tuesday 10.45am - 11.30am weekly

Children’s Board Game Club - Tuesday 2pm - 3pm weekly

Tea and Newspapers - Tuesday 2pm - 5pm weekly

Knit and Natter - Tuesday 6pm - 7.30pm weekly

Children’s Board Game Club - Thursday 2pm - 3pm weekly

Check ‘em’ Out Adult reading Group - Thursday 10.30am - 11.30am monthly

***Commencing Thursday 12 January 2023:

Mindful Colouring - Thursday 10.30am - 1pm weekly

Cryptic Corner - Thursday 10.30am - 1pm weekly

Lego Club - Saturday 2pm - 3pm, 1st and 3rd Saturday each month

 T: 028 2589 0019

 E: kellsandconnor.library@librariesni.org.uk

 

Greenisland

Monday:
10am - 1pm
2pm - 4pm 

Tuesday:
10am - 1pm
2pm - 8pm

Wednesday:
Closed

Thursday:
2pm - 5pm

Friday:
10am - 1pm

Saturday:
10am - 1pm
2pm - 4pm

Sunday:
Closed

Tea and Newspapers - Every Friday from 10am until 12.30pm

Knit and Natter - Every Tuesday from 10.30am to 12noon

Rhythm and Rhyme - Every Monday from 10.30am - 11am

Lego Club - Every Tuesday, 4.15pm to 5pm

Kids Storytime for 4 – 8 years olds - Every Tuesday from 3.30pm

 T: 028 9086 5419

 E: greenisland.library@librariesni.org.uk

 

Whitehead

Monday:
10am - 8pm

Tuesday:
10am - 1pm
1.30pm - 7pm

Wednesday:
10am - 1pm
1.30pm - 5pm
5pm - 8pm
Thursday:
10am - 8pm
Friday:
10am - 1pm
1.30pm - 5pm
5pm - 8pm

Saturday:
10am - 1pm
1.30pm - 5pm
5pm - 8pm

Sunday:
1pm - 6pm

 

Lego Club - Every Tuesday from 3.30pm to 4.30pm. For children aged 6 - 10 years

Tea and Newspapers - Every Wednesday from 10.30am to 12noon

Knit and Natter - Every Wednesday from 10.30am to 12noon

Rhythm and Rhyme - Every Wednesday 11am to 11.30am

Scrabble Club - Every Wednesday 2pm to 3pm

 - 028 9335 3249

 - whitehead.library@librariesni.org.uk

 


Sharing Warm Spaces with Mid & East Antrim residents

We know that many of our partners across Mid and East Antrim already provide this type of facility or have somewhere that might be suitable to act as a Warm Space. We would ask you to consider sharing your facilities and services as part of this initiative.

Do you have a Warm Space already or are you interested in creating one? We can provide you with assistance to create or enhance a Warm Space.

We will provide you with a Warm Space Charter (see below) and we can send you guidance in the form of a toolkit to explain how to prepare to operate as a Warm Space as well as useful information to support both your organisation/group and local residents.


Becoming a Warm Space

If you want to offer a Warm Space download a copy of the Warm Space Charter and the Warm Space Toolkit. The Charter will let people know what to expect when they step across the threshold of a Warm Space building; a guarantee of respect, dignity and warmth.

The Warm Space Toolkit includes information on:

  • Understanding the Warm Space Charter
  • Things to consider in preparing your venue to receive visitors
  • Ideas for activities, amenities and facilities
  • How to provide signposting for visitors to access advice, advocacy, and support particularly around energy advice, available grant schemes etc

In addition, you'll receive our Safe Warm Welcome logo so you can create your own materials to promote your Warm Space.

Please note, Warm Space participants will be expected to adhere to their own risk assessments and safeguarding policies and ensure that all staff and volunteers are briefed on these procedures.


Warm Space small grant programme

Small grants (up to £500) can be awarded to organisations in Mid and East Antrim for the creation and improvement of Warm Spaces for local communities, leading to a positive difference for those living in the area.  The fund is titled, "Covid-19 Community Recovery Warm Spaces Grant Scheme - Call 3".

Council funding can be used for a variety of warm space-related activities to benefit the local community, including cooking equipment such as slow cookers to make a hearty soup, or help towards venue hire costs or refreshments. It can also be used to organise activities that will help bring the most vulnerable residents together and boost their mental and emotional well-being.

For those attending warm space venues, Council will provide information packs with practical advice on keeping safe and warm this winter. There will also be further help on how to get more specialist advice for particular challenges.

Apply now on MEA Grants