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.
To read about Devizes Opendoors AGM please click here.
Devizes Opendoors Quiz Night - SOLD OUT!
If you love a good quiz night then put this date in your diary!
Saturday 18th May 2019, from 19:00 to 22:00.
Get together with family or friends and enter a team of 4 or 6. Tickets are £10 per person to include a light cold supper (vegetarian option available) and first drink (wine or non-alcoholic). More drinks available to purchase throughout the evening. There will also be a raffle and music. The event will be held at the Nursteed Community Centre.
Also on Saturday May 18th, 7pm at the Cellar Bar,
The Bear Hotel Devizes
Devizine presents: Reggae inna Cellar!
Entrance £5 on the door with all proceeds coming to Devizes Opendoors. This is going to be a brilliant evening, so if you have missed out on the quiz night tickets why not get your dancing shoes on and head on down to the Cellar Bar?
A huge thank you goes to Darren Worrow for organising the two music events at the Cellar Bar.
Stories from guests, volunteers, trustees and friends of Devizes Opendoors
One of our regular volunteers, Caroline Reid, who is a shift leader and trainer, has been getting to know some of guests and volunteers and in this regular feature on our website we will publish her stories.
The Sing Alive Choir's event on the 11th May, along with their very generously donated tea and coffee money has resulted in over £400 for Devizes Opendoors. We are so very grateful for their support.
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: 07722096046