Open Door Coronavirus Update Emergency accommodation (Canonsgrove Student Halls of Residence, Trull) has been set up for our street homeless by the council, to facilitate social distancing and self-isolation. Here everyone has individual rooms and bathrooms with support staff available 24/7. At Canonsgrove each individual has access to substance misuse support, mental health support and…
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.