Charities and volunteer organisations are being offered up to £1,000 to copy two Erewash community projects that are providing havens for shivering residents this winter.

The Warm Welcome Spaces grants are available to help venues pay for heating plus things like meals and refreshments amid the cost-of-living crisis.

A similar scheme last year saw more than 150 such spaces open up across Derbyshire. These helped almost 11,000 residents by providing a total of 17,000 hours of warmth and company to those struggling.

Last week St Mary’s Church in Sawley opened its doors as a Warm Welcome Space. Toddler toys are available. Free refreshments include toast and porridge.

In Long Eaton the Infusion Coffee House & Community Space on Derby Road is open from 10.30am to 3pm and offers free wifi.

Details of how to apply for the subsidies can be found on the cost-of-living page.

The grants are administered by Derbyshire County Council.  Find out more about warm spaces and how to apply for a grant.

A county council official said: “To qualify for a grant, organisations must pledge to offer a heated space during the winter months, provide seating and be free of charge. They may offer refreshments such as a warm drink and a biscuit.

“People visiting warm spaces will also be offered information to help them with cost-of-living support, as well as advice on looking after their mental health and wellbeing.”

Erewash councillor Claire Marie Poole, who is Lead Member for Health and Wellbeing, said:

“We urge local organisations to apply for these grants.

“Temperatures may continue to be remarkably mild despite the bad weather but this winter could be bleak for many as they struggle to heat their homes. Like last year, warm spaces will be vital.”