Volunteers are being sought to help the 5th Woodbridge Sea Scouts with their involvement in the Warm Rooms scheme this winter.

The scouting group has signed up to take part in the East Suffolk Council initiative, through which it will open the doors to its hut on Tide Mill Way twice a week from November 8 until March next year.

Group scout leader Barrie Hayter said: “Warm Rooms is an initiative aimed at reducing household energy costs and isolation during the coldest months of the year. 

“The idea is that community organisations like ours open up their spaces so members of the public can come in out of the cold, have a cup of tea and spend some time with other people – all for free.

“To this end, the scout hut will be open for six hours on a Tuesday and Friday to welcome anyone who would like to join us.”

Volunteers are needed for the twice-weekly sessions, with duties including setting the room up and tidying everything away at the end, plus making tea and coffee, and chatting to the visitors.

Barrie said: “The volunteers don’t have to commit to a full six-hour session. Every little helps and even if they can only sign up for a few hours here and there we’d be very grateful.”

Warm Rooms is part of an East Suffolk Council campaign called Ease the Squeeze, developed to help residents with the cost of living.

“The Scouts have always supported the wider community, even back to our early days helping during the First World War,” said Barrie. “With the energy crisis hitting families and individuals hard this year we want to help where we can.  

“Ease the Squeeze is aimed at supporting those most in need. Providing a warm space, a hot drink and someone to talk to will be a lifeline for some people. The hut will be open to anyone from anywhere, so we’d urge people to come and visit us when we open our doors.”

Local organisations are supporting the project by advertising within their volunteer network, namely Woodbridge Riverside Trust, Tide Mill, Woodbridge Museum and Woodbridge Arts Club. The Woodyard restaurant is supplying milk, while ME Electrical is providing much-needed internet access to the hut.

If you would like to sign up as a volunteer or find out more, email your details to warm@5wss.org.uk.