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 Community Area
Health and Wellbeing Day 2019
Saturday 15th June - 11am to 3pm - The Small Green - Devizes
“Opendoors will be exhibiting at the Devizes Health and Wellbeing event.
Come along and say hello at our stand!”
Devizes Opendoors Quiz Night
Thanks to the dedication of our brilliant volunteer organisers Pat and Pete Taylor, our Open Doors Quiz Night was a really super evening.
Quizmaster Dave Evans led us through several rounds of general and “not so general” knowledge, testing the teams to just the right level.
We also enjoyed some musical interludes and questions courtesy of the very talented Steve Degutis.
Food and drink are always important to feed the brain: we had a wonderful spread of quiches and salad and an array of home made puds, made by our fabulous volunteers.
Many thanks to the Nursteed Centre, Morrisons, Honey Street Café, Total Produce, Dolcipani, Walter Rose, Devizes Books, the many volunteers and well wishers who donated prizes and food and drink to help make the evening a really fun event. The winning team were the all-conquering: “Nice But Dim” and overall we raised £976.92, which is a fantastic boost to our funds.
Thank You Devizine
A huge thank you goes to Darren Worrow for organising the two music events at the Cellar Bar, which together raised over £200.
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