We're delighted to say that our Places of Welcome network across the Black Country, Staffordshire and northern Shropshire is starting to reopen, in line with the easing of Covid-19 restrictions!

Stories!

It's wonderful for our staff to be out and about visiting Places of Welcome agin and hearing all the great things they have been up to!

Read their regularly updated blog here.

Our Partners

We are delighted to be working with a number of partners who support the Places of Welcome network across the Black Country, Staffordshire and northern Shropshire. We are particularly thankful for our funding partners:

  • The Community Foundation for Staffordshire
  • The Eveson Charitable Trust
  • Lichfield District Council
  • Walsall for All

Learn more about our partnership with Lichfield District Council in this video below from August 2019:

Loneliness Awareness Week 2021

As part of #LonelinessAwarenessWeek, our friends from Trent and Dove Housing have made this fab film about their Places of Welcome UK 🎥

List updated 12th July 2021

Newly opened / reopened venues

Black Country


Dudley

REOPENED: The Priory Pharmacy Community Garden Place of Welcome, 95/97 Priory Road, Dudley, DY1 4EH - Mondays 14:00 - 16:00

REOPENED: Hope House, Springs Church, 7 Zoar Street, Lower Gornal, Dudley, DY3 2PA - Mondays and Tuesday 09:30 - 14:30 plus NEW Community Garden

Tipton

NEW: St Mark’s Parish Church, Ocker Hill Road, Tipton, DY4 0UT - Fridays 09:30 - 11:30

Walsall

REOPENED: Bentley All Age Activity Centre, Wilkes Avenue, Bentley, WS2 0JN - Mondays 10:00 – 12:00, Wednesday 11:00 - 15:00 & Fridays 10:00 -13:00

* Due to current Covid-19 restrictions, please call call Dawn on 01922 721097 to book, as they are only allowing six people at a time. *

REOPENED: St James’ Church, Church Road, Brownhills, WS8 6AB - Tuesdays 10:00 – 12:00

REOPENED: Brownhills Community Association, Chester Road North, Brownhills, WS8 7JW - Wednesdays 12:00 - 14:00

REOPENED: Holy Ascension Wednesday Morning Club, 9 Sanstone Road, Lower Farm, Bloxwich, WS3 3SJ - Wednesdays 09:30 – 12:00

REOPENED: Stan Ball Centre, Abbotts Street, Bloxwich, Walsall, WS3 3AZ - 10:00 -11:00 & 11:30 - 12:30 Monday to Friday

* Due to current Covid-19 restrictions, please call call Karen on 01922 403351 to book, as they are only allowing six people at a time. *

REOPENED: St Matthew’s Church, Church Hill, Walsall, WS1 3DG, Tuesdays, 10:00 – 16:00

NEW: Bilal Academy, 119 Milton Street, Walsall, WS1 4LW - Tuesdays 14:00 - 15:30

Wednesbury

NEW: South Staffordshire Water Community Hub, Union Street, Wednesbury, WS10 7HD - Mondays 09:00 – 10:00

West Bromwich

REOPENED: St Andrew's Church, 18 Dudley Street, West Bromwich, B70 9LR - Mondays 10:00 - 12:00

Wolverhampton

NEW: Kingswood Trust, Holyhead Road, Kingswood, Wolverhampton, WV7 3AP - Mondays and Tuesdays, 09:00 – 12:30

REOPENED: Holy Trinity Church, Bushbury Road, Heath Town, Wolverhampton, WV10 0LY, 10:30 - 12:30 every Saturday (except Christmas Day this year).

Staffordshire

Burton

NEW: Beresford Close Community Garden, Off Dallow Street, DE14 2GA - Mondays 10:00 - 12:00

REOPENED: Muddy Boots Gardening Project (part of Broadway Social Enterprise), Broadway Social Enterprise, 67 Branston Road, (Behind MIND offices), Burton on Trent, DE14 3BY - Thursdays 10:00 - 12:00

NEW - Queen Street Community Centre Burton, Queen Street, Burton-on-Trent, Staffs, DE14 3LW - Fridays 10:00 - 12:00


REOPENED: Winshill Neighbourhood Resource Centre, Canterbury Road, Winshill, Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire, DE15 0ER - Fridays 09:00 - 11:00 (School Hols 10:00 - 12:00)

Cannock

NEW: St Aiden's Church, Albert Street, Chadsmoor, Cannock, WS11 5JD - Wednesdays 11:00 to 12:30

Lichfield District

REOPENED: St Anne's Church "Space of Welcome" (Burntwood be a friend tent), Church Street, Chasetown, Burntwood, WS7 3QL - Thursdays 11:00 -12:00 & 12:00 -13:00

NEW: Curborough Community Centre (LCGNS), 37 Reynolds Close, Lichfield, WS13 7NY - Mondays 13:00 - 15:00

REOPENED: Curborough Community Centre (volunteers from St Chad's Church), 37 Reynolds Close, Lichfield, WS13 7NY - Tuesdays 10:30 - 12:00

REOPENED: Life Church - Lunch Club, Life Church, Netherstowe, Lichfield, WS13 6TS - Thursdays 12:00 - 14:00

REOPENED: Wednesday Welcome at St Stephen's Church, 82 Church Lane, Fradley, Lichfield, WS13 8NL - Wednesdays 14:00 16:00

Rugeley

NEW: Brereton Community Hub, 101 Armitage Road, Brereton, WS15 1DF - Tuesdays 09:30 - 10:30

REOPENED: Church of the Holy Spirit, Mount Rd, Etching Hill, Rugeley, Staffs WS15 2TL - Tuesdays 11:00 - 13:00

Tamworth

REOPENED: Amington Church (St. Editha's), The Green, Amington, Tamworth, Staffordshire, B77 4AD - Thursdays 14:00 - 16:00

REOPENED: St. Editha's Church, St Edithas Close, Tamworth, Staffs B79 7DA - Thursdays 14:00 - 16:00

South Staffs

REOPENED: The Church at Perton, Anders Square, Perton, WV6 7QH - Saturdays 10:30 - 12:00

Stoke-on-Trent

NEW: Middleport Matters Community Trust, 177-179 Newcastle Street, Middleport, Stoke On Trent, ST6 3QJ - Fridays 10:00 - 12:00

Uttoxeter

REOPENED: St Michael’s Craftea Club, St Michael's Church, Church Lane, Rocester, ST14 5JZ - Mondays 13:00 to 15:00

REOPENED: Uttoxeter Heath Community Centre, Holly Road, Uttoxeter, ST14 7DP - Fridays 13:00 - 15:00

Opening Soon

    Black Country

    Top Church, St Thomas and St Luke's, High Street, Dudley, DY1 1QD - Wednesdays 13:00 15:00

    Reopening 4th August 2021

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    What are 'Places of Welcome'?

    Places of Welcome are a growing network of local community groups providing their neighbourhoods with places where all people feel safe to connect, belong and contribute

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    Each venue, on average, has four volunteers; Places of Welcome annual survey

    Start your own Place of Welcome

    TCT is proud to work with Together Network and Near Neighbours colleagues across the country to help groups become Places of Welcome and to promote the network.

    We help to set up new venues in:

    • Dudley
    • Walsall
    • Wolverhampton
    • Sandwell
    • Staffordshire
    • The Potteries
    • Northern Shropshire

    We aim to create a movement of welcome and hospitality for all in these areas.

    Interested to find out more about Places of Welcome, or want help setting one up?

    Please get in touch with one of our team.

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    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

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    81% of venues reported that visitors helped in some way: Places of Welcome annual survey
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    As part of our Places of Welcome work, we are proud to partner with these organisations

    Working Together with Staffordshire County Council

    This video showcases some of our work with Staffordshire County Council Council, especially their Libraries Service.

    First published 29th May 2019

    Updated 14th July 2021

    "Volunteering at the Place of Welcome is one of my favourite things to do. The hustle and bustle that goes on makes your heart want to burst. It doesn't seem like an effort...it's blissful...amazing!"

    A Lichfield Places of Welcome Co-ordinator

    “This is such a significant time for our society. We live in a time where people can easily feel threatened, isolated and alone. But Places of Welcome mean that people feel connected and welcome. It is a real cause for the common good and very close to our heart as a Church as we seek to be people of hope.”

    Rt Revd Dr Michael Ipgrave, Bishop of Lichfield