Place of Welcome to be set up by Yarmouth churches
Plans are underway to establish a Place of Welcome at St George's Community Cafe in Great Yarmouth early this year.
Places of Welcome are run by local community groups who want everyone in their neighbourhood to have a place to go for a friendly face, a cup of tea and a conversation if and when they need it. With over 350 across the UK, they take place in a variety of different venues including churches, community centres, libraries, mosques, temples and other community group buildings.
Each Place of Welcome is unique, but all provide a place for people to connect with one another, find belonging and offer gifts and skills that interest them. The aim is for every neighbourhood to have places where all people feel safe to connect, belong and contribute.
The Yarmouth initiative is being spear-headed by representatives from St George’s Community Café, At-Tauwheed Mosque, GYROS, Great Yarmouth Parish, Great Yarmouth Interfaith group and Imagine Norfolk Together. The particular focus of the Great Yarmouth Place of Welcome will be to provide an inviting place for people from a range of different cultural backgrounds, including those who have felt unwelcome as a result of the current political and social climate.
Places of Welcome are open to all and are based on the following 5 principles:
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: 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;
For more information about the Great Yarmouth Place of Welcome, or if you are interested in volunteering please contact Anna Heydon: firstname.lastname@example.org
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