Faithfully Ageing Better gave A Warm Welcome 2018 - 2020 to a new network helping churches to support one another in offering hospitality and welcome in their local communities.

The network was founded in 2018 by Faithfully Ageing Better and inspired by the national Places of Welcome network.

Our aim was to bring people together in our communities, and the network welcomes new members – churches and community groups that offer activities such as lunch clubs, drop-ins, coffee mornings or cafes. Members benefitted from being part of a community-wide movement.

The Warm Welcome Network can be summarised as follows:

  • W – Welcome: A warm and welcoming place that offers refreshments, a listening ear and local information.
  • A – Accessible: A safe space that is open to everyone whatever their circumstances or situation.
  • R – Relationships: A nurturing place where people can form new friendships, a place to grow and flourish.
  • M – Mutuality: Recognising that each person brings experiences, knowledge, and skills that they may like to share to enrich their local community.

The Warm Welcome Network was closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Opening our first Warm Welcome group in Coulby Newham