Strand By Me – A new Place of Welcome opens in Bootle

A new Place of Welcome has opened in the Strand Shopping Centre in Bootle last week in the Strand by Me Centre which is a joint initiative by Sefton CVS, Sefton Council, South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group and the Strand Centre. It offers an open approach to people shopping in the Centre and is also staffed by volunteers from the Strand House Residents Association and others.

Conal Devitt the centre lead commented, ‘We are really pleased to offer a Place of Welcome to people in our Centre whoever they are or wherever they have come from. This, we believe is a unique partnership offering a wide range of services including developing hospitality and bringing people’s skills together.’

Pictured above are John Davis (second from left) with friends and visitors at the opening of the Place of Welcome which will be open to all comers on Tuesdays at 10am until 12 noon for refreshments. Places of Welcome harness people’s gifts and energies over a cup of tea and a biscuit and a warm welcome. Pop along anytime.

Strand By Me is located on the ground floor of Bootle Strand Shopping Centre opposite Wilko, for more information click here!

Places of Welcome is a network of small community organisations, including faith communities, who offer an unconditional welcome to local people for at least a few hours a week.

The primary aim of the Places of Welcome network is that “Every neighbourhood has places where all people feel safe to belong, connect and contribute.”

If your church or community organisation would like to give it a try or would like more information contact our team or go to

Click here for contact information of locations around the UK.

Sefton: John Davis at

Twitter: @PlacesOfWelcome

Facebook: @placesofwelcome