Community Spaces are free, non-judgmental public places where people can go for shelter, save money on their household bills, avoid social isolation, receive vital support and advice while staying as well as possible.
Community Spaces were previously known as Warm Spaces, but they offer much more than warmth and are open all year round. Drop by your nearest venue to have a chat, access information and support about things like finances and health, get involved with activities and more. You can see everything your nearest Community Space offers on the Directory of Community Spaces.
If you're struggling to reach a Community Space and have difficulty accessing public transport, you can apply for a Community Transport pass. Check the Community Transport page for more information on routes and how to apply.
If you or your organisation has a suitable heated venue that could open its doors this winter, the Fairer Stockton-on-Tees Team wants to hear from you. Visit the Community Spaces application page to complete the online form.
Council funding support is no longer available for this scheme, however you can still register to be a Community Space. If you're looking for funding, you can search for available funds through Catalyst Stockton-on-Tees or the Tees Valley Community Foundation. If you wish to become a Community Space, please complete an application form and a member of the Fairer Stockton-on-Tees Team will be in contact to advise what support is available.
For wider support and advice, visit the Cost of Living Support Hub.
Directory of Community Spaces in Stockton-on-Tees
A lot of households are struggling with the cost of living. Many Community Spaces can offer advice and support for this, as well as free activities and much more.
Here you can find the Community Space nearest to you, opening days and times, and what facilities are on offer. These spaces offer a wider range of services so do check back for updates.
Community Spaces activities
Employment and Training Hub On Tour
The Employment and Training Hub are taking their services across Stockton-on-Tees during August and September, with sessions being held in many of our Community Spaces.
Visit your nearest event for help and support with everything employment-related. From CV assistance and job searches to training enrolment, the team can help you find your perfect new job or help with your business. You don't need to book - just pop by one of the sessions below to get started.
Wednesday 2 August 2023
10am to 12pm
Thursday 3 August 2023
2pm to 4pm
Friday 4 August 2023
10am to 12pm
Monday 7 August 2023
1:30pm to 4pm
Tuesday 8 August 2023
9am to 11am
The Community Hub, Thornaby
Thursday 10 August 2023
10am to 12pm
Arlington Park, Stockton
Friday 11 August 2023
10am to 4pm
Café in the Park, Billingham
Wednesday 16 August 2023
9:30am to 12pm
Café in Victoria Park Community Centre, Stockton
Wednesday 30 August 2023
10am to 12pm
The Vine Café, Teesside Vineyard Church, Thornaby
Wednesday 13 September 2023
11:45am to 1:45pm
Norton Grange Community Centre
Thursday 14 September 2023
8:30am to 11am
High Clarence Primary School
Discounted leisure sessions
Tees Active are offering subsidised sessions to keep you and your family active. You can swim at Thornaby Pool for £1.50 (Mondays 1.30pm to 2.45pm, Tuesday to Friday 1.30pm to 3pm) or take your little one to soft play at Billingham Forum (Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays at 10.30am to 11.30am and Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1.30pm to 2.30pm)
Free courses with Stockton Learning and Skills
Stockton Learning and Skills are offering free courses across the Borough's Community Spaces. There are spaces for courses on creative writing, crafts, local history and art. Visit the Learning and Skills website for more information including course dates and times.
Library events programme
Stockton-on-Tees Libraries offer a wide range of services, facilities, events and activities across all their branches to suit all interests and ages.
The Community Spaces in Stockton-on-Tees Charter
A charter has been developed that all Community Spaces venues have signed up to. The charter also outlines what is expected of any member of the public who attends.