Faithfully Ageing Better is soon to give A Warm Welcome to a new network helping churches to support one another in offering hospitality in their local communities.  According to a survey of Middlesbrough churches, more than half offer regular activities that provide a place of welcome and hospitality, with refreshments and a listening ear.

Inspired by the national ‘Places of Welcome’ network, A Warm Welcome is seeking to join up these activities by sharing information and resources amongst its members.  While each activity will retain its own identity within the local community, becoming part of the network will show that members have a common aim of offering a place which is welcoming, accessible and brings people together. The vision of the network is to help churches to offer the best welcome they can to people in their community, and provide a place of welcome for people, wherever they live in communities across Middlesbrough.

We warmly welcome any church offering hospitality-focused activities such as a lunch club, drop-in, coffee morning or café, to join the network.  We have had a fantastic working group, with representatives from a range of churches, developing the vision and ethos of the network, which has been creatively summarised – see below:

W – Welcome: A warm and welcoming place that offers refreshments, a listening ear and local information.

A – Accessible: A safe space that is open to everyone whatever their circumstances or situation.

R – Relationships: A nurturing place where people can form new friendships, a place to grow and flourish.

M – Mutuality: Recognising that each person brings experiences, knowledge, and skills that they may like to share to enrich their local community.

The network will offer support by giving all its members support with training for volunteers, signposting information, help with publicity, and sharing successful ideas from other members. 

We are inviting everyone who is interested in learning more about A Warm Welcome to come along to an information day on Wednesday 27thJune 10am-2pm at the Trinity Centre, North Ormesby.  During the day we will be sharing the vision for the network, information on how it will operate, and also include listening training and a Dementia Friends session.  To attend it is not necessary to be already running activities, we also welcome people who are interested in doing so at some point in the future.  Lunch will be provided. The event is free of charge, please book your place for catering purposes. For more information and to book your place contact Maddy Fisher Tel 07532 744924 e-mail [email protected]