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Community groups will receive warm welcome this winter

Date published: 19 October 2022

Read time: 2 minutes

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We’re helping those struggling with the cost of living crisis to beat the cold this winter by providing community groups across the region a warm place to get together.

Our network of 31 branches across the North East, North Yorkshire and Cumbria includes 14 community rooms, which for many years have been providing free meeting facilities for local groups.

Now, with rising fuel and household bills making it more difficult to stay warm this winter, the popular community spaces are proving ideal for small groups to use as a bookable warm hub – free, welcoming spaces perfect for getting together with others.

The facilities – which also include free hot refreshments - are available at our branches in Ashington, Berwick, Bishop Auckland, Carlisle, Gateshead, Gosforth, Hexham, Middlesbrough, Morpeth, Newcastle, South Shields, West Denton, Whickham, and Whitley Bay. 

Stuart Fearn, Head of Customer Contact, said: “As temperatures fall and heating costs rise, our extensive network of branches throughout the North of England are here to play a small part in enabling community groups to continue to meet and connect in a safe, warm space without having to worry about the expense of home heating whilst with us. 

"Newcastle Building Society is absolutely committed to our communities, and keen to play our part in supporting people through the cost of living crisis.”

We also support a diverse range of local charities and community groups who operate in areas served by our branch network via our Community Fund at the Community Foundation Tyne and Wear & Northumberland. One of the areas of focus has been funding charities that help tackle food poverty, including supporting the beneficiaries of Wansbeck Valley Food Bank in Morpeth, Hexham-based West Northumberland Food Bank and Newcastle West End Food Bank.

To book a community space, find your local branch and contact us here.

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