Devizes opendoors

Our regular opening times are:

  • Mondays          11:00-13:00
  • Wednesdays  09:30-11:30
  • Thursdays       11:00-13:00
  • Fridays              17:00-18:30

At each of our sessions you can find a hot meal, warm drinks, surplus food, clothing, shoes, toiletries, toilet and shower facilities and one-to-one support and signposting. Please call 01380 819909 for enquiries.

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Guests who use the drop-in services of Opendoors, Devizes, come from a wide range of backgrounds and are people of all ages from young adults to pensioners.

Some have homes of their own, some sofa surf or live in cars or caravans while others sleep rough.  But all are vulnerable. Some have chosen to share the stories of their lives and the reasons why they believe the help given by Opendoors helps them to get by. This is Lillian’s story.

Lilian, 23, who grew up near Devizes says her childhood was normal and while she wasn’t particularly keen on school she attended regularly. She said: “I didn’t bunk off. I left when I was 16 and I got a job. But it all changed when I was 18 and met a boy a few years older than me.

“He was abusive towards me, but I was scared to tell anyone or to leave. It went on for a couple of years but then one night he attacked me while I was asleep.”  She decided she had to get out of the relationship for good and she reported her former partner to the police.  He was later jailed but the relationship left her scarred mentally.  An occasional cannabis habit turned into a full-scale addiction to heroin. She found support from new friends, but they too had difficult lives, and some were dependant on drugs.

But Lillian has now found the strength to start a methadone programme supported by the charity Turning Point which works with Opendoors.  She is gradually reducing her dosage and hopes to get clean.  She said: “I really want to stick with it. I am determined to try and try.  “Coming to the Opendoors drop in sessions really helps me. All the volunteers there are very kind and non-judgemental. There are always people to talk to. They do a brilliant job.  They provide a place where my letters can go and you can have a shower, hot food and get clothing and toiletries.  “I go on a regular basis, and it makes a big difference.”

Opendoors moved this autumn to its own premises at the Southbroom Centre in Devizes and Lillian believes this enables the charity to be even more effective.  She said: “It is really nice. It feels quite homely, and it is much better that it has its own place.”

*Names have been changed.

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Need to contact us? Give us a call 01380 819909
The office is only manned from Monday to Thursday 10:00 -15:00
If you need to contact us outside these hours you can leave a message or email manager@devizesopendoors.org.uk



How to find us

Southbroom Centre is at the far end of Victoria Road. There are 2 routes to the Centre.

1. 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 bungalows. Follow the sign posts.
2. Walk down London Road, past 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).