Places of Welcome started in Birmingham. 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!
More information can be found at www.placesofwelcome.org.uk
For local information about Places of Welcome that are open click here Places of Welcome – Transforming Communities Together (tctogether.org.uk)
For photographs and stories about local Places of Welcome click here Blog – Reopening our Places of Welcome network – Transforming Communities Together (tctogether.org.uk)
Each one is open to anyone and each one follows the following values:
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.
Places of Welcome Coordinators have the support of a Place of Welcome Facilitator, networking opportunities with other coordinators, promotion, branding and shared resources from the wider Transforming Communities Together network, including training sessions and events.