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Open Door Exmouth

Local charity making a positive difference in our community and helping those most in need.

Current projects:

  • Community Cafe
  • Parent Hub
  • Ice Project
  • Craft Room
  • Haven
  • Men's Shed

Volunteering opportunities with training and references available where needed.

For more information about our projects and the help we can offer, see or call 01395 224218.

Devon County Council uses an SEND flag to list services which define themselves as suitable for children and young people with SEND. These are part of Devon's SEND Local Offer. We recommend that you contact the service provider to make sure the service is suitable for your child or young person.


Contact Name
Helen Tribble
Contact Position
01395 224218
Open Door Exmouth
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St Saviours House
Church Street
Toilet facilities
Baby changing facilities
Toilet facilities for people with disabilities
Wheelchair accessible

Further information

General information

Parent Hub

An individual support plan for you and your family, ensuring the right support at the right time. We can help with: Free meals during school holidays, Baby bank - offering support to families at the beginning of their parenting journey, 1:1 support on any parenting/family issue, EHCP advice, child behaviour issues, benefits applications, referrals to Counselling and Haven, food bank referrals, befriending/peer support.

Community Café

Open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:30am to 3:30pm. Anyone and everyone is welcome to come along to our warm and friendly community cafe to enjoy good quality food and drink at extremely competitive prices.

For those who are in need, we have a team of volunteers who can offer time to listen or chat or even play a board game. We also have trained support workers should you need any advice or support regarding benefits or financial difficulties, housing or homelessness issues, addictions, domestic abuse or any other issues, and counselling services for those who cannot access NHS or private counselling. If we can’t help, we will try to suggest an alternative organisation that may be able to. We also have showers, clothing, bedding and laundry facilities available for those who are homeless.

We also provide free hot meals during school holidays to children and their families who find themselves in need due to financial crisis, and free hot meals as part of our support work for those who find themselves sleeping rough. If you are in need of this support, please visit the cafe on a Monday, Wednesday or Friday and speak to one of our support team.

If you would like to help, we run a scheme called ‘Love Your Neighbour,’ which enables you to purchase a hot drink, breakfast or lunch in advance for someone who may come to Open Door in the future, hungry & homeless. Simply donate the cost of a drink or meal and we’ll put that money aside to be spent when someone comes in, in need.


Haven is a safe space for young people to meet, a peer support group to learn positive strategies on how to manage their mental health. A space to feel listened to and to understand that they are not alone. It does not replace professional services. We aim to empower, enable and equip young people with tools to help when life feels tough. 

We use CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) tools at each session to help to change old behaviours and thoughts around Anger, Worry, Self-Esteem, Responsibility and Hopes and Dreams. They each have a journal to put their completed worksheets in, the journal will be theirs to take home after their time at Haven has come to an end. We learn by having conversations, art, games and completing interactive worksheets. 

Haven runs two support groups for children aged 8 - 11 (Young-Carers and Primary) Mondays 4.30-6pm running alternately each fortnight. Snacks and drinks provided.

Another group is for secondary aged young people 11-15 yrs also running fortnightly on a Monday 6.30-8pm. This has a similar format to the younger groups. Snacks and drinks provided.

Haven+ (plus) is for young people aged 15 - 18 years. This group also runs on a Monday fortnightly and will look very different. At Haven + we will cover topics like Sex and Relationships, LGBTQIA+, Budgeting, CV writing, living on a budget, Drugs and Alcohol and much more. We hope to have outside speakers come and talk to the young people who will have a chance to ask questions. We also encourage any young person who is passionate about a subject to take the lead on a session. Snacks and drinks provided.

Coffee and Chill - A chance for Parents of CAF (Children and Family) teams to meet, share and understand Mental Health strategies taught at Haven and to explore behaviours that might occur through their young person having additional needs. Fortnightly in term time on Mondays 1.30 - 3pm.

Craft Room

Everyone is welcome.  Come along with their own projects, or learn new skills; brush up on old ones. Some of the crafts include printmaking, sewing, card making, jewellery making and lots more. Come along and make new friends, enjoy making things together and grow in confidence with your craft skills.  Open on Wednesdays 10 - 12.30 pm and 1 - 3.30 pm.

Men's Shed

All men are welcome at Men’s Shed! It’s designed to give men an opportunity to engage in working on projects together, finding new friends, learning new skills and enjoying some friendly banter!  It is held at Clayton House on the Salterton Road in Exmouth on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday each week, between 10am and 4pm.

ICE Project

The ICE Project works in Exmouth Community College. Offering daily support through a drop in, ‘The Hub’ every break and lunchtime, and a mentoring service for young people struggling with issues including low self esteem, self harm, anger management, unhealthy relationships etc.

Last updated: 01/09/2021
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