We are now at the Southbroom Centre

This is at the far end of Victoria Road. Either

a.  Walk or drive down Victoria Road to the flats around the grass circle, go around to the right of the flats and we are on the right before you get to the bungelows. Or

b.  Walk down London Road, passed Morrisons, the Crammer and St. James Church. Keep going out of town but before you cross the canal there is a bus stop on the left. Turn left there and walk along the path, leaving London Road behind you. You will see bungalows on your right and the back of flats straight ahead. When you get to Victoria Road go left around the corner and you'll see us on the left (not Southbroom House but the next entrance, Southbroom Centre).

There is

  • a shower there
  • a kitchen with serving hatch
  • storage space for food and clothing
  • computer work spaces for guests
  • two small offices for staff and volunteers

Guests

We are now open four sessions a week at Southbroom Centre, Victoria Road, Devizes, SN10 1HG. 

Come and see us if

  • you don't have a home to go to,
  • you would appreciate a cooked meal or surplus supermarket food
  • you don't have somewhere to wash yourself or your clothes 
  • you need help contacting the right people at County Hall about housing problems
  • you need help contacting drug & alcohol support services

Come between 

11.00am  - 1.00pm Mondays 

9.30am- 11.30am Wednesdays

                 2.00pm - 4.00pm Thursdays 

5.00pm - 6.30pm Fridays 

Numbers are limited but you can now eat a meal in the Hall, use the shower and have access to the clothing store.

Volunteers  

Each session runs like this:

Several people are on duty in the Hall and two or three  in the kitchen. The cooked food is served on plates and dishes and collected from the kitchen hatch. Surplus supermarket food is available and there is a drinks table. A shower, 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 or Meeting Room. Turning Point staff are on hand on Mondays, with their van being parked in the car park. The County Rough Sleepers team outreach workers come on Wednesdays.  

Everyone must wash their hands or use hand gel when they arrive and adher to the 1m social distancing rule. Any guest who needs a conversation can talk to the support worker.   

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.  

Please phone 01380 819909 or text  07828 041152 or email volunteersThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you think you can help. 

 

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 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).

Sarah and guest  John1Smal

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.

Caroline AngieThe team has three paid staff, a coordinator, a deputy coordinator and a centre administrator. There are 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.

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