Hubs and libraries across Cardiff, including those in Whitchurch and Llandaff North, will be opening their doors to create ‘warm, welcome spaces’ for people who are struggling to pay their heating costs.
The initiative is part of Cardiff Council’s plans to help people deal with the cost of living crisis. Visitors will be entitled to stay at the venues and enjoy a hot drink to keep warm, saving them from putting their heating on at home.
Councillor Lynda Thorne, cabinet member for housing and communities, said:
“Warm welcome spaces are just part of a package of support we are working on for residents to combat the cost of living pressures affecting everyone right now.
“Our hubs and libraries are thriving community spaces with lots on offer so we want to encourage anyone struggling to heat their home to pop in and enjoy the warm welcome. It will be a chance to meet other people in the community, read the paper or pick up a book from the library, or to take part in some of the many varied activities our hubs and libraries regularly host.”
Rhiwbina Library is set to open as a hub before the end of the year. While the refurbishment is being carried out, the service’s mobile library will be available three times a week on Pantbach Road, a short distance from the library on Mondays (1-4pm), Tuesdays (10am–1pm), and Fridays (1–4pm).
Customers with mobility issues or who are unable to attend these alternative locations will be able to access the home delivery and click and collect delivery service.