It was such a privilege to host this event to say thank you to all the staff and volunteers who work so hard to make their church or organisation a warm and welcoming place for everyone who comes through the door.
We have 30 Places of Welcome across the Diocese at present, 14 of which attended the celebration at the Cathedral in September. Over 50 guests enjoyed refreshments and the opportunity to encourage, learn from and share with each other. John Pemberton who helps at the Place of Welcome at United Church Hyde spoke about his experience of volunteering. It was lovely to hear how he benefitted from his experience.
Guests were also asked to discuss with each other what worked well in their Place of Welcome and what they would do differently. The responses were summarized and sent out after the event and TLT were able to assess what specific support we can give.
All our guests were presented with a wooden plaque by Archdeacon Mike to display in their church or building.
For more information about Places of Welcome please see here