Cost of Living Partnership Bulletin

Dear all,

We thought it might be useful to circulate a cost-of-living focused bulletin that includes details of Bromsgrove and Redditch leaflets and digital campaign, as well as information on warm spaces locally.

Cost of Living Update


Leaflet and Digital Campaign – Please help spread the word!

Bromsgrove & Redditch Cost of living Leaflet – Key contacts at a glance

For those who missed it in our main bulletin, please find attached a copy of the joint Bromsgrove and Redditch cost of living leaflet.  It’s an ‘at a glance’ leaflet containing key contacts who can provide expert help and signpost to relevant local support.  Please help promote – both a printable and a website version of the leaflet are attached.  There are also supplies of printed copies available at Customer Services at both Redditch Town Hall and Parkside in Bromsgrove which you can collect and distribute to your service users.  We are particularly keen to reach those who may be digitally excluded.

Looking for more information?

Cost of Living Webpages

There are also, cost of living webpages on both Redditch Borough and Bromsgrove District Councils’ websites which offers more detailed information in one place and will be updated.  Again, please help promote.  They are available to view at: and   See something missing on the webpages?  Please let us know if you have any additions / amendments and we will pass them on.  You can email the partnership in the first instance at: 

*In additionNew financial support leaflets – one for Redditch and one for Bromsgrove

These leaflets were created by the Starting Well team, and are different to the cost of living leaflets as they contain more detailed information about help that is available locally.  A printable and a website version can be found attached.

Warm Spaces


Local Warm Spaces – Do you know of any others?

Below are the ones we know are confirmed and wanted to share with you.  But if you know of any others in Redditch or Bromsgrove, or any agency is thinking of similar, please let us know so that we can help link you with other agencies (if that helps) and also share your information more widely so all are aware of what’s available locally.  We could even include on the cost of living webpages mentioned above.


  • Catshill – Warm Welcome Warm Space

Partners have worked together to offer Catshill residents’ access to a warm space each day of the week. In addition to a warm welcome, some buildings are offering Wi-Fi and charging points. Full details can be found on the attached leaflet.


  • Weekly Community Meal at Bromsgrove Baptist Church

Local residents are being offered a warm welcome and free meal in a friendly environment.  The meals are available every Thursday (during term time) at 7:30pm at the Bromsgrove Baptist Church. There is no need to book, you can just turn up, but if it’s a larger group, it would be helpful to let them know in advance. Further information can be found on the attached leaflet.

The church is also running “The Coffee Pot” on the third Thursday in the month from 10.30am-12.00 noon, serving tea, coffee, cakes, and light refreshments which might be suitable for people who don’t or can’t go out in the evening.


  • St Godwald’s Community Spirit

Please find attached a leaflet with details of the warm space offering from St Godwald’s Church in Bromsgrove that will run between November to March. Tea, coffee, and cake will be available on alternate Friday’s starting on 28th October, 10am-12.30pm.  On alternate Wednesdays, the Warm Welcome Café will be open starting on 2nd November, 12-3pm offering soup and a roll, tea and coffee.

  • Local libraries across Worcestershire

The libraries are continuing to offer warm, welcoming spaces for residents to access free services, find information and support, take part in events and activities, and connect with other people. Full details can be found attached. Local libraries are in the process of registering with the ‘Warm Welcome Network’ (see below).

Warm Welcome Network

The Warm Welcome Network was set up to support and champion the community response to the cost-of-living crisis. Any organisation that has opened or are opening free, warm, welcoming spaces for the public over this winter can register and provide details of their offer so that users can search for local warm spaces in their area.


Thinking of setting up a Warm Space?

Martin Lewis, Money Saving Expert has created a guide: A Warm Welcome, setting up a warm space in your community. This comprehensive guide provides a wealth of information needed if you are considering setting up a warm space in the community.

Looking for Funding?

National Grid Electricity Distribution has teamed up with Localgiving and are offering grants of up to £10,000 to organisations tackling fuel poverty.  They are accepting applications until midnight on Monday 31st October 2022.  All applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application by Tuesday 15th November 2022.  All projects must be completed and the funding must be spent by 31st March 2023.  Further information can be found at: Community Matters Fund – Fuel Poverty Plus | Localgiving


There is also information on different funding available at: Cost of living Crisis charity trust foundation grant funding (

Don’t forget! – If you do set a warm space up in Redditch and / or Bromsgrove, or have any other plans in relation to supporting local residents during this time, please do let us know so we can raise awareness of the work you’re doing to both other agencies who can signpost to you and local residents as we can include on the cost of living webpages mentioned above.  Our email is: .