Well it's time to get out those jumpers, scarves and gloves again and wrap up against the cold winds when we are out and about, taking a stroll by the sea or shopping in the town. Not sure how you feel about this time of year , the lovely colors of autumn moving towards the darkness of winter, but not yet time for all those cheerful twinkling lights in December.
With the rising costs of living, especially the cost of energy and heating, we are all hoping for a milder winter this year, but unfortunately the weather is out of our control. There has been a lot of talk about ways of saving money with your energy bills and although many think this is all common sense some of them have surprised me or just been reminders for me. Making sure I turn everything off when I am not using it, changing to LED lightbulbs and only boiling the amount of water in the kettle I actually need! Are just some.
I think it is great to see all sorts of places and people step forward to provide Warm Spaces over the winter months, for people to come to a warm safe place for a few hours. These are being hosted in libraries, church halls, community centres and some businesses, all doing something slightly different but all wanting to help and support the community through this tough time. Hope Trust are extending our opening hours on a Wednesday for people over 50 to come any time between 9.15am and 3.15pm. There will be a warm space and welcome, hot drinks and biscuits, games to play, books to read and people to chat to.
So if you a regular to Hope Trust or not we are here to provide that warm space for you on a Wednesday. You can take off your gloves and scarf for a while, come in out of the wind and enjoy the warmth and a chat.
Tracy Haskins, Charity Manager