We are still open for three sessions a week at St. John's Parish Rooms, Long Street, Devizes, SN10 1NS but guests are served at the porch door. You should only come at the times below if it is essential.
Come and see us if
- you don't have a home to go to,
- you don't have somewhere to cook a meal
- you don't have somewhere to wash yourself or your clothes
- you really need help contacting the right people at County Hall about housing problems
- you need help contacting drug & alcohol support services
11.30am - 12.30pm Mondays
9.30am- 10.30am Wednesdays
5.00pm - 6.900pm Fridays
Each session runs like this:
Just three people are on duty in the Hall and one person either cooks at home or in St. John's kitchen. The cooked food is handed out in food boxes at the porch door. Clothing, laundry tickets, post and food bank referral forms are also available. Conversations about benefits and housing take place on a one at a time basis in the Hall. Turning Point staff are also on hand every Wednesday, with their van being parked in the Devizes Museum car park..
Everyone must wash their hands, wear masks and adher to the 2m social distancing rule. The tables across the porch door help to ensure this. Any guest who needs a conversation is allowed into the hall, must wash their hands and can then talk to the support worker, who will be separated from them by a screen.
We will continue to keep the Rough Sleepers team at County Hall informed of those who want help with housing. County will continue to follow these up and hopefully provide suitable, temporary accommodation for those who are rough sleeping.
What is Devizes Opendoors?
It is a charity that has been set up to help people in the Devizes Community Area to find solutions to homelessness; to offer support to local people when they are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless and to benefit local individuals in need, including the marginalised and vulnerable.
Opendoors exists 100% for the benefit of others, in particular those who are homeless or at risk of becoming so. For the last few years it has provided three cooked meals a week at St. John’s Parish Rooms, Long Street and there are about 15 – 20 people there at most sessions. Along with the good food and company there is the chance of a shower and a few other things (see Opening Times).
The guests are a mixture of rough sleepers, those sleeping in sheds, vans and old boats, sofa surfers and those with their own homes but with issues that can make their tenancies vulnerable.
The team has two paid staff, a coordinator and a deputy coordinator, and over 50 volunteers on a rota with 7 - 9 on per session. Together they prepare the food and the hall, welcome the guests and chat, serve meals and discuss issues in one-to-one conversations. Concerns that get followed up include health (mental and physical) issues, alcohol and drug dependency, criminal activity, financial matters and of course, housing issues.
A series of articles about those who access Opendoors services, and those who provide them.
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If you are homeless, know someone who is, or concerned about someone at risk of becoming homeless we might be able to help. Please call: 07493 825258
To speak to a member of the team during our regular opening times please call: 07722 096046