No Night Shelter in Devizes this Winter

Despite recent cold nights Devizes Opendoors trustees have decided not to open a trial night shelter during February and March. The plan had been to open at week-ends and during times when the temperature was forecast to be at or below freezing for three or more nights. However, trustees have just heard their application for a grant has not been successful. It is also now clear that some of those who have been sleeping rough have recently been helped to find accommodation in other towns by Wiltshire Council.

The number of rough sleepers the Shelter might have catered for was only ever going to be as high as six. Now that several of those have no need of such provision, that leaves just one or two to cater for. The trustees believe that more cost-effective ways of sheltering such small numbers could be found, including arrangements like a bed and breakfast scheme. They also agreed that more time and effort now needs to be invested in a Befriending scheme so that sofa surfers and other homeless people are offered more ongoing support, as they seek to better their circumstances. If anyone reading this would like to contribute to the discussion of either scheme, please get in touch with John by phone (07828 041152) or email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).


Once more we have been delighted by the support from local people and organisations in the run up to Christmas and a Big Thank You Goes To...

  • Coate Fireworks £500
  • Hot Gossip (Wansdyke school staff) £100 
  • Wessex Model & Toy Auction Evening. (Total to be announced on the 4th Feb.)
  • Local Labour Party Cellar Bar  £214
  • Wadworth Winter Market: Sale of hot drinks £163.18 plus £506.60 
  • Good Afternoon Choir Concert £833.87
  • Sing Alive Choir £429.84
  • Chamber Choir £51.20
  • Bishops Cannings Tuesday Group £95.00
  • Worton Nitt & Knatter Group  £137. 10
  • Worton & Marston Carol Service, £18120
  • Marston Chapel Carol Service £125.10
  • The (Lawrence) Arts Society £100.00
  • Compton Bassett Christmas Fayre £200
  • Devizes Rotary £270
  • Women's Institute £12.50
  • Metabolics £120

We also received the following monetary donations from supporters amounted to the following: 11 donors, £1,110 - 1 donor,  £2,000 - Just Giving donors 675.09 

We were also delighted by the generous gifts of wrapped presents, food from members of the public, local organisations and shops, including CW Butchers who supplied 60 pigs in blankets, Christmas cake and unwanted gift vouchers that altogether meant that our guests had a very enjoyable lunch on the 23rd December. Thanks to you all.


 

Volunteer Opportunity

Be a Devizes Opendoors Befriender

Give a homeless person a hand up - not a handout

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This autumn we are looking for people who can empathise and encourage.
We provide full training and you will join a supportive team of volunteer Befrienders.

Please click here to find out more, or contact John Saunders:
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Contact Details

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: 07722 096046

If you are interested in volunteeering with us please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.You might also like to take a look at our Volunteer section, where you can find more information or download our Autumn 2019 Volunteer Newsletter.

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