Places of Welcome

Blog - Reopening our Places of Welcome network

Following the easing of lockdown restrictions on Monday 17th May, it has been great to see our Places of Welcome opening around the Black Country, Staffordshire and northern Shropshire!

Follow all the reopening news on this blog!

Published 8th June 2021

Updated 14th June 2021

Open Places of Welcome and TCT

As part of #LonelinessAwarenessWeek, our friends from

Trent and Dove Housing have made this fab film about their Places of Welcome UK 🎥

Reopening of Brownhills Community Association Place of Welcome (Walsall)

Last week, I had the pleasure of joining Teresa and Jane at the Place of Welcome in Brownhills Community Association, Chester Road North – by the ‘Tin Man’. The Place of Welcome is open from 12 noon until 1pm every Wednesday and you will receive a warm welcome, cup of tea or coffee, or a cold drink, a choice of cake or you can try one of each! Teresa and Jane’s sense of fun and enthusiasm for their community is infectious. If you are a local resident in need of company or are shopping in Brownhills on a Wednesday and would like a rest stop, please feel free to drop in for a chat and free light refreshments.

Carrie Blount, Places of Welcome Facilitator, Black Country

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Reopening of Holy Ascension Church, Lower Farm, Bloxwich

Places of Welcome has reopened at Holy Ascension Church, Lower Farm, Bloxwich. As you can see from the photographs, tables are nicely spaced apart with six people to a table. Doors and windows are open for ventilation, but the venue is far from being cold and the welcome even warmer. Sue, Leslie, Margaret and June gave me such a warm greeting and I was quickly seated with a cup of coffee. June told me that people have really missed the social contact that their Place of Welcome provides and that over the last year, some of their community have lost loved ones and meeting again now is giving them a lot of comfort. Leslie said “It is early days, but folk are glad to be back”, and I can understand why, there is friendly conversation and a lot of laughter, with care and concern demonstrated for each person who walks through the doors. I must not forget to mention Alfie, Leslie’s lovely dog, who loves all the fuss and attention from this wonderful community!

Holy Ascension’s Place of Welcome is open between 9:30am and 12 noon, every Wednesday – go along and experience it for yourself, you will not be disappointed.

Carrie Blount, Places of Welcome Facilitator – Black Country

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Welcome to South Staffs Water hub!

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Reopenings of the Place of Welcome at St Andrews Church

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Places of Welcome in Stoke on Trent & Staffordshire

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Word Cloud Places of Welcome Tea Cup

A neighbourly welcome for everyone at Curborough Community Centre

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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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