in Articles March 24, 2016

There’s a place for you at Places of Welcome

Places of Welcome is a network of small community organisations, including faith communities, where we offer a warm welcome to anyone and everyone a few hours per week.

Places of Welcome developed out of the Birmingham Social Inclusion process ‘Giving Hope Changing Lives’, as a proactive response to the question, “Is Birmingham a welcoming city?”

Whilst Places of Welcome originated in Birmingham, since then people have been responding positively to the challenge in making our cities and neighbourhoods more welcoming; hence it is now being developed further afield.

Our network has developed a set of guiding principles for Place of Welcome which are known as the 5P’s, they consist of:

  • Place: an accessible and hospitable building, open at the same time every week
  • People: open to everyone regardless of circumstance or situation, and staffed by volunteers
  • Presence: a place where people actively listen to one another
  • Provision: offering free refreshments and basic local information
  • Participation: recognises that every person coming to a Place of Welcome will bring shareable talent, experiences and skills to the table

Visit http://www.placesofwelcome.org/ for more information or follow them on Twitter @PlacesofWelcome

in Articles March 24, 2016


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