Venue criteria

The venue we meet in has a significant influence on the tone of conversation and type of activities we can do together.

We want every conversation to have the best hope of a positive outcome, so we prioritise meeting together in venues that foster helpful conversation. Please note the following criteria if you are organising a space for Place for Hope work. If you need help sourcing an appropriate venue/room in your area, please get in touch so we can help.


The room should be in an accessible venue and one that is a comfortable fit for everyone involved. For some conversations, it will be important to find a neutral venue. Members of the Place for Hope practitioner team will be able to advise.

Room, size of room and seating

It is essential that the room has sufficient space to ensure everyone is comfortable. For day-time sessions, natural light creates a helpful environment. Flexible seating is essential so that we can all sit in a circle and move the chairs into breakout groups. Again, Place for Hope can help advise on room size and layout.


Please ensure the sound quality in the venue is adequate for everyone involved. Please consider: the acoustics in the space; any participants who appreciate access to a loop system; a sound system with roving microphones if you are expecting a large group, etc.


Please ensure there are refreshments on arrival for everyone. Prior to any conversation, please discuss with your Place for Hope Practitioners what other refreshments are needed – this will depend on the length and nature of the session.

“Although the life of a person is in a land full of thorns and weeds, there is always a space in which the good seed can grow.” Pope Francis


“We need to give each other the space to grow, to be ourselves, to exercise our diversity. We need to give each other space so that we may both give and receive such beautiful things as ideas, openness, dignity, joy, healing, and inclusion.” — Max de Pree

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