Places of Welcome is a growing network of local community groups providing their neighbourhoods with places where all people feel safe to belong, connect 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
  • Staffordshire
  • The Potteries
  • North 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.

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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A comment from a Places of Welcome attendee

Working Together with Lichfield District Council

This video showcases some of our work in Lichfield, which is kindly funded by Lichfield District Council

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67% of venues reported having at least one new person that week: Places of Welcome annual survey
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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.

"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