Warm Spaces

We are working with our voluntary sector partners to support a network of ‘Warm Spaces’ across Lewes district and Eastbourne over the winter. 

These must be safe, warm, non-judgemental spaces where local people can:

  • Sit and be warm
  • Study or work on their laptops (with access to Wi-fi)
  • Have a hot drink
  • Be with company
  • Access advice OR information / signposting to advice on debt, bills, benefits and food

Organisations or groups that already have facilities including toilets, heating, wi-fi, tables and chairs and tea making facilities may be considering opening their doors as a Warm Space. This could involve being open on days which you aren’t usually, being open for longer or widening your offer to all in need of a Warm Space. 

These could be places such as:

  • Church Halls
  • Community Centres
  • Libraries 
  • Civic centres
  • Advice centres/ charities with spare space

Support for Warm Spaces

We can provide small grants of £50 to £1,000 to support with:

  • Heating
  • Wi-fi
  • Hot drink amenities
  • Costs associated with keeping your space open in a safe way

Larger grants of up to £5,000 are available for larger areas (ie towns) that are likely to have higher demand. These grants can be used as match funding for advice provision in the Warm Space.

Warm Space Principles

In applying for a grant to set up or enhance your Warm Space, you agree to the Warm Space Principles which are:

  • A warm welcome
  • A safe space, free of judgement
  • Access to basic facilities: warmth, WCs, wifi, hot beverages
  • Confidentiality (allowing for appropriate safeguarding responses)

Apply for Warm Spaces funding

Start your application 

Warm Spaces directory

We are creating a directory of Warm Spaces across Lewes district and Eastbourne. If your group or organisation is currently operating a Warm Space please send us the details using the form above. You do not need to be applying for funding to complete the form, simply answer the questions on the first page before submitting the form. 

Why are Warm Spaces needed?

Lewes District and Eastbourne Borough Councils have declared a cost of living emergency.  The crisis being experienced across the UK has resulted from unprecedented pressures on people already in poverty and this winter, despite the support given by Government, thousands of people in the district and borough may be forced to make tough decisions about when and what they eat, what they can do in life, and when they can afford to heat their home.

You can find information about help available with the cost of living at:

Despite the support available, the reality is that for many households, this will not cover the increasing cost of fuel, food and other necessities. This is why we are supporting the set-up of a Warm Spaces network.

Data protection

Download the privacy notes for the application form below. This explains how we will use the data you provide.