“Every neighbourhood has places where all people feel safe to belong, connect and contribute.”
Places of Welcome is a growing network of unconditional 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 Places of Welcome model began in Birmingham and there are now Places of Welcome across England.
Greater Together Manchester is now supporting the development of the Places of Welcome network across the Diocese of Manchester. Many Places of Welcome are churches but you do not have to be a church or use a church building to be a Place of Welcome.
In order to become a Place of Welcome, you must commit to the guiding principles – the 5Ps:
- 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.
You don’t have to be setting up a new activity - if you already run a drop in that meets the criteria you can join the Place of Welcome network!