Sometimes the simple ideas are the best. Places of Welcome is a Together Network initiative which provides places where people can meet regularly for a cup of tea and a chat.

We started with one group in Birmingham and now there are more than 200 across the UK. They are staffed by volunteers and the refreshments are free. And the venues range from churches, mosques and temples, to public libraries and community centres.

Anyone can attend, regardless of their circumstances or situation. And the benefits go beyond the social aspects as people are often inspired to share their skills, talents and experiences to help others. It is networking and support at its best.

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