A SCHEME to help residents across the Yate and Chipping Sodbury area has relaunched.

Yate Town Council reopened the Warm Welcome scheme for a second year on Monday, October 2.  

Open until March 30, 2024, the town council and its community partners are offering a variety of warm and welcoming places across Yate, for residents to drop-in and use throughout the colder, winter months.

Completely free of charge, this service aims to support those who may be adversely impacted by the cost-of-living increases – in particular, rising energy costs.

Venues include the Armadillo Youth Café, Yate Library plus the Oasis at Chipping Sodbury Baptist Church with different services and events taking place throughout the morning and afternoons every weekday and on Saturdays.  

The scheme was welcomed by Cheryl Kirby, the mayor of Yate, who said they want to ensure that everyone in the community can benefit from warm community spaces. 

Cheryl Kirby, Yate mayor, said:  “Warm Welcome is a great example of community organisations working hand in hand with the town council to support residents of Yate and surrounding parishes in a practical way during winter.

"There is a superb range of free activities and facilities in Yate on offer in the Warm Welcome Guide, to ensure that everyone in the community can benefit from warm community spaces, in this continuing difficult economic climate. 

"We have a great range of venues opening their doors to people over the winter and all of them will be offering a warm, inviting space to relax and unwind.

"In many cases there will also be free hot drinks, and perhaps a biscuit as well!”

Here is a full list of where to go for a warm welcome:

Armadillo Youth Café

Pop Inn Café

Poole Court

The Oasis at Chipping Sodbury Baptist Church

Morrisons Café

Yate Heritage centre

For further information about Warm Welcome, please contact Yate Town Council at info@yatetowncouncil.gov.uk or telephone 01454 866506.

The town council will produce a guide to Warm Welcome places in Yate, which will be available on its website www.yatetowncouncil.gov.uk.