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Places of Welcome

Places of Welcome are run by local community groups and provide places for people to connect with one another and enjoy each other’s company.

There are more than 200 Places of Welcome across the UK. Each is unique but they all provide a place for people to connect with one another and enjoy each other’s company.

Places of Welcome can take place in all sorts of different venues: churches, community centres, libraries, mosques, temples and other community buildings. The difference between Places of Welcome and other types of drop-in is the values that are intentionally upheld.

An accessible and hospitable building, open at the same time every week

Staffed by volunteers and open to everyone, regardless of their circumstances or situation

A place where people will actively listen to one another

Offering free refreshments (at least a cup of tea and a biscuit) and basic local information

Every person will bring talents, experiences and skills that they may be willing to share

These values encourage the establishment of loving relationships that move beyond hospitality into mutuality. Durham Diocese has a number of Places of Welcome and we are building a network that includes drop-ins to encourage the sharing of experiences, mutual support and learning.


You can get involved in developing a place of welcome in your church by contacting the team

Contact Ray