Cost of Living

Staying Warm and Well this Winter

Community Hot Spots 

Breckland Council has contributed £16k of funding towards Community Hot-spots in the district, creating warm and welcoming spaces, refreshments and activities to encourage residents to engage with their community and reduce isolation. This project is delivered by Norfolk Community Foundation,visit the map on their website to find your nearest Hot Spot. 

Norfolk Library and Information Service

  • Free hot water bottles and blankets, available for anyone in need and no questions asked
  • Free toiletries bag containing deodorant, shampoo, body wash, and toothpaste. (Adults and children's toothbrushes are available to help yourself to, or ask a member of staff)
  • FreeTricky Period To Go Bag (opens new window)  (Sustainable items are available while stocks last, including period cups, washable pads, and period pants)
  • Free slow cooker courses in partnership with Adult Learning (available at selected libraries). To help you continue with your new-found skills there will also be an opportunity to take a slow cooker, bag of utensils, and cookbook home on course completion.)For course details visit our Adult learning page (opens new window)

Free hot drinks are also available - please ask staff for times or visitNorfolk County Council's What's On page (opens new window)

Norfolk and Waveney Integrated Health and Care System

Norfolk and Waveney Integrated Care System has published advice on how you can prepare for winter and help prevent health problems from developing.

Warm and Well - Norfolk & Waveney Integrated Care System (opens new window)

Warm Welcome Spaces

Warm Welcome Spaces are opening their doors to local communities, offering everyone a free, warm, welcoming and friendly space.It's your open invitation to come in, keep warm, connect with others, and make new friends.

Find a warm space in your area:Find a Space - Warm Welcome (opens new window)

Cuppa Care Bus

The Cuppa Care Bus aims to bring people together and tackle loneliness.

Whether you just want to get out of the house, to meet new people, or chat about something that's worrying you - we have friendly people on hand who can help.

The Cuppa Care Bus will be in Queen's Square, Attleborough from 10am -12noon on the following dates:

  • 23rd November 2023
  • 7th December 2023
  • 25th January 2024
  • 22nd February 2024
  • 28th March 2024

The Cuppa Care Bus will be at Age UK, Dereham from 1.30pm - 3.00pm on the following dates:

  • 20th December 2023
  • 17th January 2024
  • 21st February 2024
  • 20th March 2024

The Cuppa Care Bus will be in Thetford Market Place from 10.00am - 12 noon on the following Fridays:

  • 24th November 2023
  • 26th January 2024
  • 1st March 2024

The Cuppa Care Bus will be at the Queens Hall in Watton from 10.00am - 11.30am on the following Wednesdays:

  • 20th December 2023
  • 17th January 2024
  • 21st February 2024
  • 20th March 2024

For other locations in the district, including Mattishall and Necton, please visit: Norfolk Community Directory (opens new window)

Come on your own or with a friend, you'll be more than welcome to join us for a cuppa and a chat.

The Cuppa Care Bus is led by the Rotary Club of Norwich and supported by seven local charities that help and support people of all ages with a range of services.

Last updated: 17/11/2023 06:38:27