Following a successful grant application to the Cheshire West and Chester Warm, Welcoming Spaces Fund, Dial House in Chester is now one of the venues across the borough identified as a warm, welcoming space. As part of Dial West Cheshire’s warm space offer, free tea and coffee is now available in the charity’s community café at Dial House. A new ‘warm, winter menu’ has been introduced, which includes various meals (eg home-made soups, snacks and cakes) and free hot drinks (tea and coffee) as well as information on sources of support, such as the Household Support Fund, to help people through the cost-of-living crisis. Social group activities including the charity’s Dial Zoomers and T-Club are also promoted on the menu. Board games, jigsaws and puzzle books will also be available to enjoy whilst in the cafe.
Keith Roper, Dial West Cheshire’s Chief Officer says “The cost-of-living crisis, including increased energy bills, has exacerbated the difficulties and financial challenges many disabled people and older people were already experiencing. It’s great that we can now offer customers free hot drinks, together with information and other sources of support. People can be assured of a friendly welcome and a place to feel safe and warm at Dial House. Pop in for a cuppa!”