Popular get-together project granted mayoral approval

Popular get-together project granted mayoral approval
The Mayor learned more about the work of Wednesbury Baptist Church

Mayor of Sandwell, Councilor Richard Jones, visited seven welcome sites in Wednesbury, West Bromwich and Tipton over four days.

Welcome Places are safe places in the community where people can connect, belong and contribute, and are held every week with free refreshments and friendly conversation, open to anyone who wants to join.

The Mayor attended a group session at St Francis of Assisi Church in Wednesbury

The mayor’s first visit was to Hill Top Methodist Church’s Place of Welcome on Tuesday and ended with a visit to Jubilee Park Center on Friday, with many other stops during the week.

Other welcome sites visited by the Mayor were St Mark’s Church, Tipton, St Mary Magdalene Church, West Bromwich, Wednesbury Baptist Church, St Francis of Assisi Church, Wednesbury and Wednesbury Library.

Councilor Jones poses with members of Hill Top Methodist Church

He met with the Places of Welcome coordinators, chatted with the regular visitors and got involved in what was happening at each site.

The mayor has bingo going on one of his visits

Welcome Point Facilitator Carrie Blount, who works for local charity Transforming Communities Together, said: “There are now over 70 Welcome Points open and welcoming people into the Black Country for a free cuppa and chat.

“It has been fantastic to have the Mayor visit so many of Sandwell’s welcome sites.

“He’s gotten to know where these wonderful safe spaces are and gotten to know people from the local community.

“His visit has been a great encouragement to the people who host the welcome sites as he has shown such an interest in what is going on and has really taken part.

“I hope his visit encourages more people to access their local Welcome Center and encourages more people to consider hosting one in their neighborhood.

“The more welcome places there are across the district, the better it creates happier and more connected communities.”

St Mark’s Church in Tipton extends a warm welcome to the Mayor

Councilor Jones said “I have really enjoyed visiting each and every welcome site and can clearly see the benefit they have in our community.

“I want to pass on my thanks and gratitude for all that each group is doing to help people and alleviate isolation.

“Over the last few days I have met some lovely people and have laughed, smiled and enjoyed all the activities taking place as well as tea and cake.

“I would really recommend visiting local welcome places as you receive a very warm welcome and some great activities for free.”

Jubilee Park Center was the mayor’s last stop

To find out more about the Place of Welcome project and to find one near you, go to tcttogether.org.uk)

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