A plentiful Harvest!
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A plentiful Harvest!

We have been truly touched by the generosity of local churches and schools this Harvest, arriving at the centre with arms full of boxes and bags of wonderful donations. Kit, our chef, has been delighted at the array of fresh and tinned produce! Thank you all!! Not only do we use the donations in our...

The ultimate act of compassion
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The ultimate act of compassion

As we celebrate Easter, with its profound reminder of the suffering that Christ endured for our redemption, we take comfort in knowing that Jesus understands human suffering. He experienced pain, rejection, and betrayal, so he knows how we feel when times are hard. But when he rose from the grave and defeated death, when light...

Haven Adventures!
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Haven Adventures!

Haven is all about building  confidence and self esteem, encouraging young people, helping them to find coping strategies for the tough times in life, so what better way to do all these things, than by taking on all sorts of wonderful, scary, fun challenges at the Heatree Activity Centre! 25 children and young people attended...

Money, money, money
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Money, money, money

If you’ve ever heard me speak about Open Door, you’ll know that I don’t ask for money! I am much more focussed on raising awareness of our work, so that more people know about the help that is out there and so that those who are inspired to volunteer might come and join us. I...

Making a positive difference in our community…
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Making a positive difference in our community…

Our big news is that our sixth project, Haven, launched on 9th January and it is already making a real difference. So far we’ve had 18 young people attend and the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, including: “My son went to Haven last night and he can’t wait to go again. He was so happy...

Focus on… the Community Cafe
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Focus on… the Community Cafe

You may have seen in the Journal recently, that the Community Café has launched the ’Breakfast Club’ scheme. In 2004, Mark Nicholson came to the Open Door Centre, homeless and an addict. In 2007, following a successful stay in rehab, he moved to Bulawayo, Zimbabwe where he married Dorcas and together they have welcomed 11...

The Save St Johns Court Campaign continues
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The Save St Johns Court Campaign continues

As you will have been aware, there has been a lot of publicity about the possible loss of Exmouth    Hospital beds, with several opportunities to feedback via the CCG public consultations. The consultation is now closed and we await their conclusions, though the resounding opinion from those who attended is that Exmouth does not wish...

Christmas and New Years Eve (don’t worry, 2016 not 2017
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Christmas and New Years Eve (don’t worry, 2016 not 2017

It seems like quite a while ago now but we just wanted to say a HUGE thank you to all those who came and volunteered at our Christmas Day meal. We served over 50 meals to our guests, many of whom would otherwise have had nowhere to go or no one to spend Christmas Day...

Christmas plans!
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Christmas plans!

It may seem a bit early to be talking Christmas… however, our Volunteer Christmas Social is fast approaching! On Friday 2nd December, 7pm at Open Door – a great night of skittles, fine food and drink and lovely company. All volunteers and partners welcome, but please RSVP to Sandy ASAP! Thank you! In other Christmas related news, we will once again be holding our Christmas Day...

Fundraising for Open Door
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Fundraising for Open Door

Every year, we rely on half of our funding (around £75,000) to come from our local community, from individual donors, local churches, businesses, and fundraising events, as well as the income we generate through our café and men’s shed. With the launch of our new website, we created a page dedicated to fundraising so if you would like to support us, but aren’t sure how to, this is the...