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Words of Welcome at Lichfield Library

Wed 12 Jun 2019

The newly relocated Lichfield Library at the Guild of St Mary's Centre in the Market Square is now offering an extra special welcome to all visitors including free refreshments, friendly volunteers and lively chat every Tuesday between 2pm and 4pm.  The Library has recently joined the national Places of Welcome network which is made up of small community organisations providing an unconditional welcome and hospitality to local people for at least a few hours each week.  The Library launched the new service on Tuesday 11th June and was pleased to meet and greet visitors young and old. 

Places of Welcome is a grassroots movement that began in Birmingham. It has five values ensure that each venue is open at the same time and place for at least a few hours every week and is welcoming to anyone wanting to attend:

• 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 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.  

The national Places of Welcome movement is spreading across the Midlands and other parts of the country with over 350 venues taking part, including fourteen across Lichfield District. Places of Welcome are run by local groups who want to make sure that everyone in their area has a place to go for a friendly face, a cup of tea and a conversation. A full list of the times and locations of Places of Welcome can be found at www.placesofwelcome.org.uk. More information from Helen Titterton helen.titterton@tctogether.org.uk tel 07539 031410