Find a WARM Welcome Here this Winter

Tuesday 17th January 2023

Ards and North Down’s Community Support Steering Group has developed a WARM Welcome Here campaign to help people keep warm and connect with others this winter.

Three women, including the Mayor in her Mayoral chain, holding a promotional heart shaped board for the WArm Welcome Here campaign.

The WARM Welcome Here campaign promotes local warm spaces such as libraries, museums, leisure facilities, churches, community premises and other spaces with free or low-cost activities that the public can visit throughout the week.

The Mayor of Ards and North Down, Councillor Karen Douglas, said:

“Making the choice between eating or switching on the heating is becoming a reality for many people in the Borough. This campaign promotes safe and warm spaces for those struggling with the cost of heating their homes. It also provides people with an opportunity to connect with others and visit some of the great spaces that we have throughout Ards and North Down.”

WARM Welcome Spaces are located throughout the Borough, from the City of Bangor to the tip of the Peninsula in Portaferry. Each location offers different services such as phone charging facilities and hot drinks through to activities and games that can be enjoyed alone or with others.

To locate your local WARM Welcome Space and find a full list of spaces available throughout Ards and North Down, including the services offered at each location, visit WARM Welcome Here Campaign | Ards and North Down Borough Council

Organisations that would like to register a WARM Welcome Space should also visit the Council’s website for more information or email

Photo caption: Pictured at Bangor YMCA are Janice Cooke (SERC), The Mayor of Ards and North Down, Councillor Karen Douglas, and Julie-Ann Skinner (YMCA). Image: Ian Pedlow