Places of Welcome

Church communities are ideally placed to tackle loneliness and isolation in their parishes, because fellowship is part of their DNA.

Due to the current situation, our responses have had to modify and change, Near Neighbours has created unique ways to maintain community connections.

Across England, the Together Network is still working in partnership with churches and local services to maintain community and create ways in which hundreds of local community hubs, Places of Welcome, lunch clubs and other social activities can still connect online.

They’re at the heart of our work to tackle loneliness and create opportunities for people to make friends and meet friends.

Whilst our Places of Welcome are unable to run in person due to the pandemic, Together Network Members Transforming Communities Together have developed Bringing People Together, a network designed to ‘connect people to others from the comfort of their own home’. Inspired and influenced by our learning from Places of Welcome, BPT uses telephone and online platforms to enable people to connect safely with others in their neighbourhood and form lasting friendships.

During the pandemic we have also been working in partnership with Linking Lives UK to set up new Two's Company projects around the country - a telephone befriending model designed for churches to use to reach people in their communities hardest hit by lockdown measures.

If you would like any further information please contact: Amy.page@cuf.org.uk