Churches across the UK are being asked to open their doors this winter as a place of warmth and support for people struggling with the cost of living crisis.
Food and energy price rises have sent household bills soaring, leaving many people worried about how they will get through the winter and facing the prospect of choosing between heating or eating.
Last month Citizens’ Advice forecast that 1 in 4 people will not be able to afford their new energy bills despite the recently announced price cap.
Responding to the crisis, the ChurchWorks Commission has launched a new initiative asking churches and community centres to open up as a place of warmth and welcome during the winter months.
The ‘Warm Welcome’ campaign has the support of former prime minister Gordon Brown and 1,000 churches have already signed up.