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 if and when they need it.

In the Together Network, there are a growing number of locations helping to set up Places of Welcome in their areas. 

One of our Joint Venture charities - Thrive Together Birmingham was involved in developing this initiative from its inception in Birmimgham, but it has now grown across the West Midlands and beyond. 

Thrive Together Birmingham are joined by Transforming Communities Together to work with a steering group of local Places of Welcome coordinators, who guard the values of the movement and seek to keep it rooted in local communities.





What is a Place of Welcome?

Developed out of the Birmingham Social Inclusion process ‘Giving Hope Changing Lives’, Places of Welcome responds to the challenge to make our cities and neighbourhoods more welcoming.

Places of Welcome is a network of small community organisations, including faith communities, who offer an unconditional welcome to local people for at least a few hours a week.

Although they are all slightly different from one another, each is open to everyone and offers:

  • Friendship and hospitality;
  • Regular opening at the same time each week;
  • Free refreshments;
  • Local knowledge about the neighbourhood.

THE "5P's" - OUR GUIDING PRINCIPLES

The network has developed a set of guiding principles for all Places of Welcome, known as the "5P's"Place

An accessible and hospitable building, open at the same time every week.

People

Open to everyone regardless of their circumstances or situation, and staffed by volunteers.

Presence

A place where people actively listen to one another.

Provision 

Offering free refreshments (at least a cup of tea and a biscuit) and basic local information.

Participation 

Recognises that every person coming to a Place of Welcome will bring talents, experiences and skills that they might be willing to share locally.


GET INVOLVED 



If you would like more information about how to get involved with Places of Welcome then please contact info@placesofwelcome.org

Further information, a map and list of all the Places of Welcome can be found at the website: www.placesofwelcome.org