Firefighters in Essex have opened up their fire stations to help those struggling with the cost of living crisis. Corringham, Newport, Dovercourt, Harlow and Rayleigh Weir Fire Stations join other local organisations to form part of the national ‘warm spaces' scheme.
The initiative aims to provide a warm place to go to during the winter months to support the local community - while also representing a base where residents can enjoy a chat, some activities and a warm drink.
Along with providing a warm place to go to, firefighters and community safety staff are also on hand to signpost guests to organisations who can help with cost of living issues and discuss fire safety in their homes.
Station Manager Philippa Roedel said:
“I am so pleased that we are able to open our doors and offer these facilities to our communities who are facing considerable challenges this winter.
“I want to encourage anyone who is experiencing difficulties in heating their homes and dealing with the cost of living crisis to come along and visit one of our stations.
“Everyone will be welcomed with a hot cuppa, you’ll also meet some friendly faces and find out more about how our Service and other local organisations can support you.
“We’ll also be using the sessions to raise awareness of our safety messages and making sure people know how to warm their homes safely.”