Places of Welcome are run by local community groups who want everyone in their neighbourhood to have a place to go for a friendly face, a cup of tea and a conversation if and when they need it.


With over 200 across the UK, each Place of Welcome is unique but all provide a place for people to connect with one another, find belonging and offer gifts and skills that interest them.

Places of Welcome take place in a variety of different venues including churches, community centres, libraries, mosques, temples and other community group buildings across the UK.

 

OUR AIM IS FOR EVERY NEIGHBOURHOOD TO HAVE PLACES WHERE ALL PEOPLE FEEL SAFE TO CONNECT, BELONG AND CONTRIBUTE

 
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Our Values

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

 

Our History


Places of Welcome was an idea that developed during Birmingham’s Social Inclusion Inquiry ‘Giving Hope Changing Lives’ in 2012.

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Exploring the questions “What happens to someone newly arrived to the city?” and “Is Birmingham a welcoming city?”, the response was that Birmingham, like many places, can be welcoming but if someone is new to the area and is not well resourced, not well connected, and if English isn’t their first language then often it isn’t welcoming at all, and can be a very difficult place to navigate.  Often people can live in their neighbourhood for a long time but feel isolated, perhaps due to changed circumstances, bereavement, redundancy or even a new baby.

Barrow Cadbury Trust supported Thrive Together Birmingham to start Places of Welcome and it has grown steadily since then

The Places of Welcome network has now grown beyond Birmingham, into the Black Country, the West Midlands and across the country. There are over 200 groups who have joined the network with many more to come.

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The Places of Welcome Network is a Together Network initiative supported by Near Neighbours, which works to bring people together across different backgrounds.