North Wales organisations join together to offer a warm welcome during the cost of living crisis
Partners across North Wales are joining together to provide warm, safe spaces for people who are struggling to cope with rising energy costs this winter.
The Croeso Cynnes (Warm Welcome) initiative is being facilitated by Menter Môn, in co-operation with Cyngor Gwynedd, Cyngor Sir Ynys Môn, Mantell Gwynedd, Cymdeithas Elusennol Ynys Môn, Medrwn Môn, and many organisations as part of the 2025 Movement, a group of over 600 people and organisations across North Wales that are working together to tackle avoidable health inequalities across the region.
Partners in Croeso Cynnes have committed to opening up and highlight the warm, welcoming spaces available in our community where people can spend time, or in some places enjoy a hot drink and hot food. The scheme also aims to raise awareness of practical support they can access through organisations such as Warm Wales, a Community Interest Company working to tackle fuel poverty across Wales, ensuring that anyone in need of support is referred to people who can help.
Clare Budden, Chair of the 2025 Movement and Chief Executive of ClwydAlyn Housing Association, said:
“The cost of living crisis is a huge challenge for our organisations and the people we serve, with health inequalities set to widen further and communities begin to feel the very real impact of soaring energy costs, particularly in Wales which has the highest average electricity bills in the UK.
“It’s great to see so many partners joining together to open up their spaces, from libraries to community centres, to provide local people with a warm and safe space that they can visit to help if they are struggling to heat their homes. Everyone involved in 2025 has long been committed to working together to do all we can to tackle inequality and Croeso Cynnes is another example of the difference we can make by joining forces.”
Croeso Cynnes spaces are being promoted by Arloesi Gwynedd Wledig as part of the social enterprise Menter Môn. The participants of Croeso Cynnes that are opening or supporting locations across North Wales include Cyngor Gwynedd, Cyngor Sir Ynys Mon, Mantell Gwynedd, Cymdeithas Elusennol Ynys Môn, Medrwn Môn, along with the Partners involved in 2025 Cyngor Conwy, Cyngor Sir Ddinbych, Cyngor Sir y Fflint, Tai Gogledd Cymru, Adra, Grŵp Cynefin, Cartrefi Conwy, Tai Sir Ddinbych and ClwydAlyn.
To find out where Croeso Cynnes spaces are available in your area, or if you are a business or organisation that would like to register your location click here.