A care home group will open up its sites as 'Warm Spaces' to help older people struggling to heat their properties.

Lowestoft-based Kingsley Healthcare is supporting the initiative - with all 28 of their elderly care services opening their doors to mitigate the impact of soaring energy costs.

From Monday, November 14, and throughout the winter, older people will be welcomed at any Kingsley home to keep warm in a comfortable place between 10.30am and 4pm as part of the national Warm Spaces scheme.

They will be offered unlimited hot drinks and soup and a roll if they attend around lunchtime.

Georgina Johnston, regional operations director at Kingsley, which has its headquarters in Lowestoft, said: "When we heard about the Warm Spaces initiative we thought care homes would be great places to support it.

"Our staff are really looking forward to giving a warm welcome to anyone who comes along.

"We want them to feel at home so we will be offering them papers to read and inviting them to take part in any activities going on.

"We would just ask people to ring our homes beforehand and let them know they are coming."