Cook together, eat together, share your story and make new friends.

Local Welcome brings communities and refugees together to share a table and share stories.


Making new connections through words and food.

Each Local Welcome event is the perfect space for community and conversation. A Local Welcome leader will guide everyone through an easy recipe. Together you’ll cook and eat an incredible meal.


What should I bring?

We’ll take care of the details, just sign-up via text and show up on the day.

How much does it cost?

It’s free to attend and you’ll leave with new friends and new ideas.

Interested? Text attend to 07481-344-569 to get started.


Joining a Local Welcome event is easy. Just text 'attend' to 07481-344-569 and we'll get you on the guest-list for a dinner in your town. It's free and you'll be making a positive difference in your community.

*Text messages are charged at the rate on your phone plan. If in doubt, check your plan before texting. Local Welcome dinners are free to attend.


Got questions?

Local Welcome is a brand new charity building community and solidarity in the 21st century.

We think food brings people together and conversation builds solidarity. That's why we've built a service that makes it really easy for communities to organise events that are safe and fun. 

At launch we've run events in Canada, the UK, and Germany. Our first series of events have brought local communities together with refugees.


How much does it cost to attend?

Currently it's completely free to attend a Local Welcome dinner.

Do I need to bring anything with me?

You don't need to bring anything. Just come hungry and ready to meet new people.

I have dietary needs, is that okay?

That's totally fine. Before the event we'll contact you to find out about your dietary needs. We'll make sure the meal takes those into account.

How long is a Local Welcome dinner?

Each dinner lasts around 1.5 to 2 hours. That's just enough time to cook a meal, eat delicious food, and meet incredible people.


I want to take part but I'm feeling a little nervous...

That's okay, we understand. We've taken the pressure off you by designing each meal so that you're guided through a conversation. At a Local Welcome meal, there's no need to think of things to say and no awkward silences!

Can I host a Local Welcome dinner?

Absolutely, in fact we'd be thrilled for you to host. We've designed Local Welcome to make it incredibly easy to organise a dinner for your community.

Reach out to us at to get started.

Got more questions?

Reach out to us at, we'd love to hear from you.


Become a Local Leader.

Interested in doing more? Host a Local Welcome event in your town and bring your community together through good food and great conversation.

Through 2018 we're bringing Local Welcome to new locations across the country. To get started, sign up here if you're interested in hosting an event.


“The people who give you their food, give you their heart.”

— Cesar Chavez