What are 'Places of Welcome'?
Strengthening Communities staff support a network of Places of Welcome across the whole of the Lichfield Dioces; the Black Country, Staffordshire, Stoke-on-Trent and northern Shropshire. Each venue has at least one coordinator and a team of volunteers.
Strengthening Communities can advise co-ordinators and volunteers and provide support on:
- set up / reopening
They also create peer networks for coordinators to learn together and from each other.
Places of Welcome all share 5 values, that all begin with ‘P’
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 Every person will bring talents, experiences and skills that they may be willing to share locally
Start your own Place of Welcome
We are proud to work with the National Places of Welcome and Church Urban Fund colleagues to help groups become Places of Welcome and to promote the network across the country.
We aim to create a movement of welcome and hospitality for all. Interested to find out more about Places of Welcome, or want help setting one up?
Places of Welcome is now using a new link to its electronic registration application: https://cuf.tfaforms.net/f/pofw