The development of Places of Welcome began in Birmingham with a series of workshops, as part of the Social Inclusion Process, during which a set of guiding principles was developed to which all Places of Welcome agree to. 

These have come to be 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.


There are now over 200 Places of Welcome across the country including the first in Kent located at St Michael's Church in Sittingbourne. To find out more please visit the Places of Welcome website at  or watch the video above.

If you believe that this is something your church or community could be involved in to help overcome loneliness in your area why not contact our local Development Worker Keith Berry.  [email protected]