Warm 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.
Many households are struggling with the cost of living. To try and help our residents navigate this challenging time, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council's A Fairer Stockton-on-Tees team is working with partner organisations to build a Warm Spaces directory.
On this page you can read a directory which lists all of the venues who have pledged their support to Warm Spaces in Stockton-on-Tees. Here you can find the one nearest to you, opening days and times, and what facilities are on offer. These spaces will evolve over time to offer a wider range of services so do check back for updates.
If you're struggling to reach a Warm 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 FSOT team wants to hear from you. Visit the Warm 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 Warm 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 Warm Space, please complete an application form and a member of the FSOT team will be in contact to advise what support is available.
For wider support and advice, visit the Cost of Living Support Hub.
Warm Spaces activities
Discounted leisure sessions
Tees Active are offering subsidised sessions to keep you and your family active and warm this winter from Monday 28 November (term-time only). 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 Warm 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.
Directory of Warm Spaces in Stockton-on-Tees
Visit the Directory of Warm Spaces
The Warm Spaces in Stockton-on-Tees Charter
A charter has been developed that all Warm Spaces venues have signed up to. The charter also outlines what is expected of any member of the public who attends.