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!

First published 29th May 2019

Updated 15th October 2021

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.

Impact

TCT staff support a network of Places of Welcome across the Black Country, Staffordshire, Stoke-on-Trent and northern Shropshire. Each venue has at least one coordinator and a team of volunteers.

TCT staff advise and provide support on:

  • set up / reopening
  • publicity
  • volunteers
  • hospitality

They also create peer networks for coordinators to learn together and from each other.

Here is some recent feedback:

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St John’s, Chase Terrace, in the diocese of Lichfield, became the 250th Place of Welcome in October 2018

List updated 15 October 2021

Newly opened / reopened venues

Black Country


Dudley

REOPENED: Woodside Internet Centre, Hallchurch Road, Holly Hall, Dudley, DY2 0TQ - Mondays 10:00 - 15:30

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

REOPENED: Community Hub, 16A Stone Street, Dudley, DY1 1NS - Tuesdays 10:30 - 12:30 * Due to current Covid-19 restrictions, please call 01384 456166 to book, as they are only allowing six people at a time. *

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

REOPENED: Pom-Poms 4 Loneliness, Rainbow Street Community Centre, 49 Rainbow Street, Coseley, WV14 8SX - Thursdays 10:00 - 12:00

REOPENED: Christ Church, High Street, Lye, Stourbridge, DY9 8LF - Fridays 11:00 - 13:00 outdoors

Sandwell

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

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

REOPENED: St Mary Magdalene Church, Beaconview Road, Charlemont Farm, West Bromwich, B71 3PJ - Wednesdays 10:00 - 12:00

NEW: The Gap Christian Family Centre, Hargate Lane, West Bromwich, B71 1PH - Wednesdays 11:30 - 13:00 *please note there is no wheelchair access

NEW: St Francis of Assisi, Parish Church, Freeman Road, Friar Park, Wednesbury, WS10 0HJ - Thursdays 10:00 - 12:00

REOPENED: St Matthew's Church Hall, 106 Dudley Road, Tipton, DY4 8DJ - Thursdays 10:00 - 12:30 (term time)

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

NEW: Park Methodist Church, Binfield Street, Tipton, DY4 8LS - Fridays 10:30 - 12:00

Walsall

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: Bentley All Age Activity Centre, Wilkes Avenue, Bentley, WS2 0JN - Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 10:00 - 14:00

REOPENED: Linking Lives, Aldridge Methodist Church, Anchor Road, Aldridge, Walsall, WS9 8PT - Mondays 10:00 - 12:00

NEW: St Mary's Catholic Church, Leveson Street, Willenhall, WV13 1DA - Mondays 10:30 - 11:30

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

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

NEW: St Joseph's Catholic Church, Church Street, Darlaston, Walsall, WS10 8DY - Tuesdays 10:30 - 11:30

REOPENED: St Mark's Parish Church, Green Lane, Shelfield, Walsall, WS4 1RN - Tuesdays 11:00 - 13:00

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

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

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

REOPENED: All Saints Church, Walsall Road, Darlaston, WS10 9LA - Thursdays 10:00 - 12:00

REOPENED: Pleck Methodist Church, Bescot Road, Walsall, WS2 9AD - Thursdays 10:30 - 12:00

REOPENED: All Saints Church, Church Street, Moxley, Darlaston, WS10 8RD - Saturdays 10:00 - 12:00

Wolverhampton

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

REOPENED: St Matthew's Church, East Park Way, Wolverhampton, WV1 2NY - Mondays 9:00 - 11:00

REOPENED: The Oak Room, St Bart's Church, Church Hill, Penn, Wolverhampton, WV4 5JB - Mondays 10:00 - 12:00

REOPENED: Christ Church, Church Road, Tettenhall Wood, Wolverhampton. WV6 8NQ - Tuesdays 13:30 - 15:30

NEW: St Joseph's Catholic Church, Stowheath Lane, Wolverhampton, WV1 2QN - Wednesdays 12:00 - 13:00

REOPENED: St Andrew's Church, St Andrew's Close, Off Hunter St, Wolverhampton, WV6 0QZ - Fridays 9:30 - 12:00

REOPENED: St Chad and St Mark's Church, Lime Street, Wolverhampton, WV3 0EX - Fridays 10:30 - 13:00

NEW: Holy Trinity Catholic Church (Opposite Bushfield Court Nursing Home), Oxford Street, Bilston, WV14 0PX - Fridays 11:00 - 12:00

REOPENED: Holy Trinity Church, Bushbury Road, Heath Town, Wolverhampton, WV10 0LY - Saturdays 10:30 - 12:30 (except Christmas Day 2021)

Staffordshire

REOPENED: St John The Baptisit Church, Westhead Avenue, Littleworth, Stafford, ST16 3RP - Tuesday and Wedneday 10:00 - 12:00

REOPENED: All Saints Church, Church Road, Lapley, Stafford, ST19 9JS - Thursdays 10:00 - 12:00

NEW: "Glean" at Gnossall Community Library, High Street, Gnossall, Stafford, ST20 - Thursdays 14;00 - 16:00

Burton upon Trent (East Staffordshire)

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

REOPENED: Drop in St John's Community Church, High Street, Burntwood, WS7 1LR - Mondays 10:30 - 12:30

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 10:00 to 12:00

REOPENED: Heath Hayes Library, 194 Hednesford Road, Heath Hayes, Cannock, WS12 3AA - Fridays, 10:00 - 12:00

Lichfield District

REOPENED: Martin Heath Hall, Christ Church, Christ Church Lane, Lichfield, WS13 8AY - Mondays 11:00 - 12:30

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: Lichfield Library, Market Street, Lichfield, WS13 6LG - Tuesdays 14:00 - 15:30

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

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

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

Rugeley

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

REOPENED: St Augustine's Church, Station Road, Rugeley, WS15 2HG - Tuesdays 10:00 - 12:00

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

REOPENED: Church of the Good Shepherd, Pear Tree Estate, Hislop Rd, Rugeley, WS15 1LS - Tuesday 12:00 - 14:00

REOPENED: Brereton Community Library, Talbot Road, Rugeley, WS15 1AU - Thursday 9:30 - 12:30

REOPENED: Handsacre Methodist Church, Lichfield Road, Handsacre, Rugeley, WS15 4DE - Thursdays 13:00 - 16:00

REOPENED: St Paul's Methodist/United Reformed Church, Lichfield Street, Rugeley, WS15 2EH - Friday 10:00 - 12:00

Tamworth

REOPENED: Wilnecote Congregational Church, 16 Galscote Lane, Wilnecote, Tamworth, Staffs B77 2PH- Wednesdays 14:00 - 16:00

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

REOPENED: St Peter's Church, Hawksworth, Off Silver Link Road, Tamworth, Staffs, B77 2HH - Fridays 09:00 -11:00 (term time only)

REOPENED: Tamworth Castle Bowls Club, Ladybank, Tamworth, B79 7NB - Thursdays 14:00 - 16:00

REOPENED: Tamworth Library, Corporation Street, Tamworth, B79 7DN - Thursdays 14:00 - 16:00

South Staffs

REOPENED: Friends of Perton Library, Severn Drive, Perton, WV6 7QU - Mondays 10:30 - 12:00

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

Stoke-on-Trent

REOPENED: St James The Great, Clayton, Newcastle-Under-Lyme, - Wednesdays, 10:30 - 12:00

REOPEN: Temple Street Methodist Church and Centre, Temple Street, Fenton, Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 4NW - Thursdays 9:00 - 12:00

REOPEN: Fegg Hayes Methodist Church, Fegg Hayes Road, Stoke-on-Trent, ST6 6QR - Thursdays 9:30 - 12:00

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: Stone Community HUB, Lichfield Street, Stone, ST15 8NA, - Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, 10:00 - 13:00

REOPENED: Craft Group at Renew Church, 67 High Street, Uttoxeter, ST14 7JQ - Tuesdays 19:30 - 20:45

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

Shropshire

NEW: "Open Door" at St Andrew's Church, Church Street, Shifnal, TF11 9AB - Tuesdays 10:30 - 12:30

NEW: "Community Cuppa" at St Andrew's Church, Wallshead Way, Church Aston, Shropshire, TF10 9JG - Wednesday 10:30 - 12:00

REOPENED: St John's Church, Church Street, Ightfield, Shropshire, TF9 3RS, Tuesdays 10:30 - 12:00

REOPENED: St Oswald's Parish Church, The Parish Centre, Broadwalk, Church Street, Oswestry, SY11 2SY - Tuesdays 10:30 - 12:30

REOPENED: Coffee and Co., St John's Church, Vicarage Lane, Weston Rhyn, Oswestry, SY10 7RG - Thursdays 10:30 - 14:30

Telford

NEW: One Parish Telford, New Church Road, Christ Church, Wellington, Telford, TF1 1JX - Wednesday 08:30 - 10:30

REOPENED: Holy Trinity, Church Road, Wrockwardine Wood, Telford, TF2 7AH - Wednesdays 13:00 - 14:00

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Places of Welcome in a nutshell!

(a 1 minute video)

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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Bilal Academy Places of Welcome - July 2021

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

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:

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A comment from a Places of Welcome attendee

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 🎥

"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