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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Mollie arrived at Opendoors in the coldest month of the year, on bail for drink related offences and was not allowed to return home.  At the time of her arrest she had a mobile phone, £40 and the clothes on her back but no access to any of her belonging not even clean underwear.  Certainly no proof of identity documents, although she thought these might be at a friend’s house. 

The first night was spent in a prison cell, the next on a friend’s sofa.  Nights three and four were spent behind the local car wash.  She then moved to the local industrial estate for nights five to eight, sleeping amongst builders’ merchants, the council recycling centre, car mechanics and similar male-dominated businesses. 

She does have a male social worker but there was little evidence of contact perhaps unsurprising with no address.  Arriving at Opendoors she was given a hot meal, access to a shower, clean clothes and then a one-on-one session to start helping her stabilise her life. 

This support continued and a total of 7 agencies were needed over an 11-day period before finally accommodation was secured at Julian House in Salisbury, some 12 miles away (1.5 hours by bus, the only public transport available). 

Agencies included Council Housing Team, Turning Point, Rough Sleeping team, Christian Action Against Poverty, Nelson Trust, HMCT and Julian House.  She is now awaiting her court case hearing but is in a dry house and well on the road to recovering her life.

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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).