Doorway is an open access 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.
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
“September 5th 2009. This was the day I stopped drinking. I had many subtle hints during the previous two years of my mental meltdown that this was probably the way to go. I was going to call this piece DISJOINTED RAMBLINGS AND REFLECTIONS ON THE JOURNEY OF A BROKEN MAN.
The Voice Inside My Head told me that this was too long-winded. I argued with The Voice and said the journal would lack coherence, lucidity, structure. I said events would not necessarily be in sequence etc. The Voice said that by the time people had read the title they would have lost the will to live. The Voice suggested an alternative, hence the title.
The Voice is right.
The Voice is always right.
The Voice has a massive ego.”
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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:
The Community Foundation for Wiltshire & Swindon, J P Getty Jnr Charitable Trust, High Sheriff Fund, Chippenham Borough Lands Charity, Zurich Community Trust, HPH, ICIC Foundation, Lloyds Bank Community Fund, Sainsbury’s Chippenham, Santander Foundation, Chippenham & District Chamber of Commerce, Calne Welfare Charities, Sovereign Housing, The Rotary Club of Chippenham & The Rotary Club of Chippenham Wiltshire Vale, Lion’s Club of Chippenham, Chippenham & District Round Table, Chippenham Half Marathon, Kathleen Hannay Memorial Charity, Teal- Barnett Trust, David Fogwill Charitable Trust, Houghton Dunn Charitable Trust, Leonard Laity Stoate Charitable Trust, MOD Corsham, and donations from individuals, Churches and other Organisations.