Places of Welcome are run by local community groups who want everyone in their neighbourhood to have a place to go for a friendly face, a cup of tea and a chat if and when they need it.
Come and drop in for a chat & cuppa
Every Friday 10am – 12noon
Christ Church Hall
High Street Tunstall ST6 5EJ
A safe and welcoming space where you will find friendship,
someone who will listen to you, FREE WIFI and a FREE cuppa!
CURRENTLY CANCELLED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS
Meeting some of the current challenges as a result of COVID-19 with the assistance of technology
Social isolation and the orders to stay at home have proved very difficult for many people, especially those who live alone and those who suffer from mental health problems and nationally those reporting depression has grown.
Since we have been unable to meet physically as a result of the restrictions that are in place, including the three lockdowns and tier systems we have been reaching out to people and bringing them together with the assistance of technology.
We have been working with a local project funded through the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent STP digital workstream’s Technology Enabled Care Services programme and individual funding bids received from various NHSE and HEE sources.
Through the digital reach and digital inclusion project we have been able to provide 20 people with an Amazon Echo Show with built in 'Alexa'. These are a smart speaker with a screen and are predominately voice operated.
In this video Fr John demonstrates the device and explains some of its basic functions.
More information, including a guide to setup and use can be found by following this link.
The Amazon Echo Shows have enabled people who live on their own to keep connected with others via video calls and also use the device to help them with their general health and wellbeing.
For example ‘Alexa’ allows the user to set reminders to take medication and attend medical appointments. It also allows them to find out information easily online and with the installation of ‘skills’ allows them to learn more about their medical conditions.
The devices allow the user to easily listen to a variety of free music and access radio stations as well.
Those who have taken part in the project have found the devices very helpful and they have provided company for those who may be struggling as a result of the restrictions that are currently in place as a result of COVID-19 and may also stop people meeting physically for a time to come.
The feedback included people describing the device as 'a friend' and 'someone to talk to', not knowing how they have managed without it.
Even those with limited IT skills have found it easy to use due to the voice based 'Alexa' interface and have recommended the Echo Show to family and friends.
The shared values of every Place of Welcome (The 5Ps)
An accessible and hospitable building, open at the same time every week
Open to everyone regardless of their circumstances or situation, and staffed by volunteers
A place where people actively listen to one another
Offering free refreshments (at least a cup of tea and a biscuit) and basic local information
Every person will bring talents, experiences and skills that they may be willing to share locally
Places of Welcome allow local people from the church and community to come together for fellowship, mutual support and to receive advice from health and social care providers as well as other agencies and opportunities to meet with Police Community Support Officers, local Councillors etc on occasions.
There is be free WIFI and the opportunity to learn more about how to use the internet / technology and how it can help you to manage your health.