Child Contact Centre
On alternate Saturday afternoons from 2:00pm to 4:00pm, the Open Door Centre is the focus for activities designed to support families when the relationship between parents has broken down. Children from separated families have the chance to spend time with their absent parent knowing that this is a safe, friendly and supportive place with volunteers on hand to help if needed.
Entry can either be by self-referral or by referral from a professional such as a solicitor or social worker, where contact is often part of the legal process. We’re accredited by the National Association of Contact Centres who provide training and support for our teams, all of whom are DBS checked.
Open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:30am to 3:00pm. 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 boardgame. 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 a counselling service 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 ‘Hungry & Homeless,’ 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 (£1) or meal (£3) 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 coping strategies, to be listened to, and to realise that they are not alone. It does not replace professional services, but hopefully adds to them and helps to support young people while they are waiting to access professional help or for those who do not meet a threshold for other services. Haven seeks to be a safe space to empower, enable and equip young people to feel able to cope when they hit bumps in the road of their journey. We have videos, games, activities, cooking, and craft, all child led, to allow opportunities to get thoughts out and process their emotions.
Haven runs two mental health support groups for young people, one for primary aged children (8+) and the other for secondary aged young people. Sessions alternate fortnightly.
Monday, 4:30-6:30pm – Haven Primary Group (fortnightly)
Monday, 6-8pm – Haven Secondary Group (fortnightly)
Young carers group - Monday, 4-5:30pm – 8-11s (fortnightly)
Young carers group to support children who have a caring role in the family home and to provide them with a safe space to play, be nurtured, and have some time out and respite from often challenging circumstances.
Parent Support - Monday, 7:30 – 9pm (monthly)
We offer a monthly informative and relaxed parent session to inform ad empower parents to feel better equipped to support their child with their emotional wellbeing. There is never any judgement, just support! These sessions can vary on topic, so do contact us if you would us to cover a specific area. We never ask you to share if you don’t want to but there is always the space and freedom to offload if you need. Sessions covered have included anxiety, grief, anger, supporting your child’s emotional wellbeing, and DIAS better outcomes for school meetings.
Parent Carer Support Café - Wednesdays, 1 – 2:30pm at the Community Café (monthly)
Monthly drop in to meet other parent carers, offload about the challenges of being a parent carer and to share resources, training, signposting and information as we understand that navigating the SEN world doesn’t come with a map! No need to book, just drop in and have a cuppa and relax. Younger children or children who are not in school are also welcome. Again, no judgement, just support!
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.
Volunteer teams patrol the streets of Exmouth to help make sure everyone is safe at night. We run from 9:30pm until 12.30am, and sometimes as late as 3:00am, if we are needed. We are based at the Open Door Centre every Saturday night, or Sunday nights on Bank Holidays. The teams engage with door staff, revellers, police and traders to offer support, first aid, flip-flops and blankets when needed. The Open Door Centre base acts as a prayer room and as a resource people can be brought back to if waiting for friends or to sober up.
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.