Places of Welcome started in Birmingham and is now available in Sandwell. It aims to create a network of safe places where people can connect, belong and contribute. There are now well over 400 venues, rapidly spreading to other villages, towns and cities across England and Wales from its West Midlands base.
One of the goals of the movement is to help build a network of places in each area, where you can make friends and meet people, and can be in any location accessible to the public, including churches, mosques, temples, community centres, housing associations, libraries and pharmacies, even community gardens!
An accessible and hospitable building, open at the same time every week.
Open to everyone regardless of their circumstances or situation, and staffed by volunteers.
A place where people actively listen to one another.
Offering free refreshments (at least a cup of tea and a biscuit) and basic local information.
Recognises that every person coming to a Place of Welcome will bring talents, experiences and skills that they might be willing to share locally.
It is these values that are the key to the whole movement and therefore these cannot be changed or adapted. Each venue agrees to stick to each value. Places of Welcome is not a franchise model and there are no charges for joining.
For newly opened and reopened venues in Sandwell, click here.
If you wish to find out more, please contact Carrie Blount, Places of Welcome & Buddying Facilitator – Black Country on 07377 918 101 or email firstname.lastname@example.org