Open Door is a day centre for Taunton’s homeless community. In the first instance we provide a warm welcome, a smile and a cuppa.

After that we work to ensure people have their basic needs met. We have showers, a clothing store and provide a laundry facility. We also serve breakfast and lunch with unlimited refills of tea, coffee and juice. This all works to increase people’s self-esteem and gives them a positive sense of belonging to our community.

We then offer tailored support plans for individuals which target key goals such as developing life skills, sustaining accommodation and accessing employment. All of this is underpinned by a staff team of three and a huge team of over 45 volunteers. Without our volunteers, and support from donors, we would not be able to make such a difference in people’s lives.


Queens award for voluntary service     Lloyds bank Foundation

We Support around 25-30 Homeless People per Day

How we work

Our philosophy

We believe that with the right support people can develop their self-esteem, achieve their goals and have a life they can enjoy and be proud of.

Ronnie and Gill

Our volunteers

We have a brilliant team of around 45 people, from kitchen volunteers to those who help with centre maintenance. We have bakers, musicians, ‘make and menders’ and readers, to name a few. Our volunteers have a vast range of skills and help us to create an accepting, supportive and fun atmosphere.

Your money helped fund over 10,000 breakfasts and lunches last year!
We Support around 25-30 Homeless People per Day


£5 could provide a hot shower, a nutritious meal, a bag of laundry and a charged phone to contact loved ones.

£10 could provide a basic street kit e.g. sun cream, sleeping bag, hat, gloves and scarf to protect against the elements.

You can also donate financially to support Taunton Open Door via Virgin Giving.

Alternatively, Taunton Open Door has an Amazon Wishlist which has a variety of items from £5 – £50. These items can be purchased from the comfort of your home and arrive straight at Open Door.

Virgin Giving DonationAmazon Wish List