A list of the places people can go to keep warm during the winter is being put together by the county council.

Talk Community at Herefordshire Council has launched an online directory of warm spaces ready for the winter.

The places listed in the directory are open to anyone struggling with the increase in the cost of living and will be free of charge to residents looking for somewhere to keep warm and well during the cold weather.

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Herefordshire’s libraries, including those in Ledbury and Colwall, are already signed up to the warm spaces scheme and offer additional services such as free wifi, computer access and plenty of interesting books to read.

The Burgage Hall, Ledbury LEAF Baptist Church and Ledbury Methodist Places of Welcome are also listed in the directory - and more places are being added all the time.

'People are worried about making ends meet'

Councillor Ange Tyler, Herefordshire Council’s cabinet member for the community, said: “We know that many people are worried about making ends meet this winter due to the rising cost of energy bills and the rapid rise in the cost of living.

“The warm spaces initiative is part of a range of measures being put in place to support residents throughout the winter months.

“The venues offer a safe environment for people, where they can go to warm up, see a friendly face and access information and support on a wide range of topics from money worries to local activities, if they need it.

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“We are also appealing to voluntary, community and social enterprise groups that can offer local people a warm space, to sign up to be listed in the directory on the warm spaces webpage.”

To find out more about warm spaces in Herefordshire, including the venue opening times, visit the Talk Community website: www.talkcommunitydirectory.org/warmspace