The development of Places of Welcome began with a series of workshops, as part of the Social Inclusion Process, during which we developed a set of guiding principles to which all Places of Welcome agree to. These have come to be known as the 5P’s, they are:
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: Recognises that every person coming to a Place of Welcome will bring talents, experiences and skills that they might be willing to share locally.