IN ORDER TO PROTECT OUR GUESTS AND VOLUNTEERS DURING THE COVID-19 EMERGENCY WE HAVE ADJUSTED OUR SERVICES. WE ARE CURRENTLY OFFERING HOT FOOD TAKEOUTS ON MONDAYS 10AM – 12PM AND THURSDAYS 12PM-2PM, AND DOING OUR USUAL ADVICE AND REFERRALS AT THE DOOR.
IF YOU ARE HOMELESS OR ABOUT TO BECOME SO PLEASE CALL WILTSHIRE COUNCIL’S HOUSING OPTIONS TEAM ON 01249 706666 OR TO REFER A ROUGH SLEEPER CALL STREETLINK ON 0300 500 0914
Doorway is a charity drop-in centre for those who are homeless, sofa surfing or who have complex issues that might affect their ability to acquire and / or sustain a tenancy
We believe that homeless and marginalised adults are capable of change and will only achieve their full potential when offered a safe, supportive, empowering and non-judgemental environment which will help reverse the downward spiral of homelessness.
As well as providing guests with everyday basics like freshly cooked food, and laundry and shower facilities, we also offer a range of activities such as:
- creative writing
- art workshops
- indoor football
- IT training
- women’s group
These activities aim to build self esteem and teach new skills as a first step to moving into work and sustaining a tenancy.
The Doorway Annual Review 2019 is now available for download. This document is both a celebration of our work and activities, and an information resource for statistics and outcome monitoring.
The Doorway Writing Group has produced an anthology of poetry and lyrics:-
Come On Through is a collection of poetry and lyrics produced by the Doorway Writing Group, and is being sold on behalf of Doorway Wiltshire Ltd. The anthology gives an insight into the lives of our guests, people whose voices are rarely heard, and who are frequently marginalised or disowned by society. They come from all walks of life; they may lead chaotic lives within systems that often seem to confuse more than they help; some struggle with debt, family breakdown, addictions or poor mental health provision. What comes through in their poetry is how human they are, how their aspirations are not for glitz and glamour, but for a place to call home, for love and respect—things we all need. Every one of our guests has a story to tell and at Doorway we listen, so come on through and hear what they have to say.
New sections on the blog:-
Download Samsa K’s eBook for Kindle from Amazon here “The Voice Inside My Head” = written by a guest and published by Doorway Wiltshire Ltd
The Voice is right.
The Voice is always right.
The Voice has a massive ego.”
Find out our latest news on our blog
Read the Doorway Guest Survey & Report 2013 “The Real Impact of Welfare Reform”
If you would like to volunteer at Doorway please complete an application pack
High Sheriff Award for services to the community 2017
Shortlisted for the Wiltshire Council Public Health Award for Outstanding Contribution 2014
Wiltshire Council Public Health Award for action to reduce drug and alcohol misuse 2014
Sainsbury’s Chippenham Local Charity of the Year 2014 / 2015
Lloyds Bank Community Fund Award 2013
Winner of the 2013 Chippenham Area Board Community Team Award for Volunteering in the Community
Nominated for the 2013 Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.
Winner of a 2013 Aviva Broker Community Fund Award for Community Spaces.
Shortlisted for the 2012 Wiltshire Council & NHS Wiltshire Voluntary and Community Award for Improving Quality of Life.
Winner of the 2011 Wiltshire Health & Wellbeing Highly Commended Award for improving mental health and wellbeing.
Winner of the 2010 Wiltshire Health & Wellbeing Award for Action to prevent alcohol and drug abuse.
Currently funded by:
Wiltshire Community Foundation, Chippenham Borough Lands Charity, and numerous donations from private trusts, local businesses, individuals, Churches and other organisations.