The primary aim of the Places of Welcome network is that “Every neighbourhood has places where all people feel safe to belong, connect and contribute.”

Places of welcome is a grassroots movement of welcome and hospitality, it is building on the work of our Together Network colleagues Thrive Birmingham  There are now over 180 rapidly spreading to other villages, towns and cities across England and Wales from its West Midlands base.  

Places of Welcome can be in any location including churches, mosques, temples, community centres or housing associations. 


Each one is open to anyone and each one follows the following values (5 P'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.  


More information can be found at 

If you are interested in setting up a Place of Welcome in your community please get in touch with Hannah Buck at:


[email protected] / 07734 994637