Places of Welcome is a growing network of hospitality run by local community groups who want to make sure that everyone in their area has a place to go for a friendly face, a cup of tea and a conversation, creating space where people feel safe to connect, belong and contribute.
Originally developed in Birmingham, Places of Welcome responds to the challenge to make our cities, towns and neighbourhoods more welcoming. It is a now a national network of around 160 small community organisations, including faith communities, who offer an unconditional welcome to local people for at least a few hours a week.
They are diverse in nature, reflecting the different communities in which they are located, the buildings they use, and the skills, interests and personalities of the people that run and belong to them, but each commits to shared values, known as the 5Ps:
- Place: A hospitable and accessible building, open at the same time every week.
- People: Open to everyone regardless of their circumstances or situation, and staffed by volunteers, a group of people who are committed to making it happen.
- Presence: A place where people actively listen to one another.
- Provision: Free refreshments (at least a cup of tea and a biscuit) are on offer along with basic local information.
- Participation: Recognition that every person coming to a Place of Welcome will bring talents, experiences and skills that they might be willing to share locally.
To find your nearest Place of Welcome or if you are interested in joining our network go to our website www.placesofwelcome.org or contact Sue Ball, the Birmingham & Black Country Operations Co-ordinator: [email protected]