Warm Welcome and other cost of living support
We have a wide range of supports that will help South Lanarkshire residents as the country faces the worst cost of living crisis in 50 years.
This includes our Warm Welcome initiative, which has created a network of places where residents can go this winter.
As well as somewhere warm, venues will be offering different types of support, activities, and facilities.
You can find venues near you by using our handy postcode checker. It will take you to an interactive map and a list of Warm Welcome locations, with details of what is on offer there, plus contact details for more information.
The Warm Welcome initiative includes funds the council has provided to South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture (SLLC) to provide free lets to community groups that take part.
Details of the SLLC offer can be found on their website.
Community groups can also join the initiative using their own venues and spaces. Council grants of up to £1,000 are available to help with any additional costs.
As part of an expanded package of cost of living supports announced on 31 October 2022, the council has also identified:
- £1.02m to provide payments to families who receive free school meals to also cover weekend days from November 2022 to the end of March 2023
- £425,000 to provide more than 5,000 voucher payments and advice to households with pre-paid meters
- £135,000 for an additional one-off £100 payments to foster, kinship or family carers of looked after children
- £100,000 support for registered foodbanks
- As well as offering free lets to eligible groups participating in the Warm Welcome schemes, SLLC will also offer free access to swimming sessions for under-16s this winter.
These measures are in addition to a £96m package of existing supports that was noted by the council’s Executive Committee on 21 September 2022.