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.

In 2018 St Michael's Church in Sittingbourne became the first church in Kent to join this growing network. We hope many more will join them in tackling loneliness and isolation.

Contact our Development Worker for more details [email protected]