Our new centre officially opens

Supporters of Open Door gathered for a reception at our premises in Alstone Lane, Cheltenham on 15 February 2022. The charity moved to Alstone Lane at the end of December, in time to host its Christmas shelter.  

Our move to a larger site was partly prompted by a rise in numbers during lockdown as well as the desire to expand the range of services. The move has also seen the charity take on three new staff members. 

Julie Kent MBE, Chair of Open Door, steered the charity through its move. At the event, she praised the wide range of support Open Door receives: “We rely entirely on the generosity and kindness of the community; our supporters and volunteers come from all walks of life, schools, churches, businesses large and small, individuals, community groups and more. Without their help, we could not have moved to this new premises. We’re so pleased that so many of these kind people could join us to celebrate our official opening.

Roger Head OBE cuts the ribbon

“The ribbon cutting took place at the kitchen, which is the heart of Open Door. We’re proud that the food we offer our guests is home-made, of excellent quality, and comforting; it’s one of the things we’re best known for.”

Before cutting the ribbon, Roger Head also praised the community efforts that made the new centre possible: “The Gloucestershire Lieutenancy really appreciates what Open Door does as a charity to help the less fortunate. As with most things, the opening of a new centre like this does not happen by accident. Charities rely on the generosity of the community and, above all, on volunteers and on their own staff and board of Trustees.”

As a self-funded charity, Open Door relies entirely on donations. To help us, visit the Donate page.