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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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Kennet Action for Single Homeless was setup in the early 1993 after running "soup kitchen" services to the rough sleepers in the old Devizes Cattle Market.
The original drop-in centre was in Northgate Street before moving to the Cromwell Rooms in Station Road. In 2002 KASH amalgamated with  Alabaré Christian Care Centres. 

It was one of three projects for homeless people in Devizes run by the Alabaré.

After six years, funding for that project became diminished and the property unsafe, so a new home was sought.

Faced with closure the drop-in centre moved to St James’s Parish Rooms in Victoria Road and re-branded as Devizes Opendoor (no 's'). However, it became apparent that the facilities were not suitable for the Guests so the project re-located to the newly refurbished St John's Parish Rooms in Long Street which now had showers.  This continued successfully until 2017 when it became necessary to put the organisation on a more secure footing.  Devizes Opendoors was registered as a Charity and started to look for more suitable premises that could be used exclusively and more regularly.  Negotiations with St James' Church began during the Covid-19 Lockdown period to take over the now redundant Southbroom Parish Centre. 

The Parish Rooms were extensively re-purposed with the conversion of office space, addition of storage, installation of a shower and modernisation of lighting.  September 2021 saw our Guests being able to use the Centre although, due to Covid restrictions, we have been unable to have an official "opening ceremony".

How you can help us

Sarah and guest

What we do

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Help and support us

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Venue Hire

Hall with tables

Need to contact us?  Email manager@devizesopendoors.org.uk to arrange to drop off donations or any other query. 

We will endeavour to respond as soon as possible.
Our office number is 01380 819909. 

The office is manned Monday-Thursday, but staff may be working off-site so calls won’t always be answered.

 

 

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).

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