Places of Welcome
Places of Welcome is a growing network of hospitality run by local community groups who want to make sure that everyone in their area has a place to go for a friendly face, a cup of tea and a conversation if and when they need it.
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.”
We currently have Places of Welcome in a number of locations across England and Wales. Click here for the full list
The development of Places of Welcome began with a series of workshops, as part of the Social Inclusion Process, during which we developed a set of guiding principles 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.
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