What is the Open Door Centre?
Our award-winning Open Door Centre has now been open for two years. During this time there have been more than 25,000 visitors to the Centre. About half of these are people who drop in to the Centre’s café which is open Tuesday to Friday each week from 9am to 4pm. Snacks are available all day and lunch is available from 12 noon to 2pm. To see the full menu please follow this link.
Local community groups such as the Chipping Barnet Day Centre for the Elderly, Age UK Barnet and Barnet U3A along with informal groups meet regularly in the Centre. The Centre is also used for community group meetings, celebratory lunches and teas and children’s parties.
The Trustees of the Centre (see link for details) have recently agreed plans for the final phase of the redevelopment of the Centre. This will see the insertion of a new first floor and the extension of the ground floor at an estimated cost of £700,000.
The ground floor extension will enable the Centre to cope more efficiently with the hundreds of visitors who drop in each week. As a result, there will be more space in the kitchen for food preparation as well as more storage space.
The new first floor will be at the heart of Christ Church’s vision for compassion ministries.
It will accommodate: the food bank currently run by the Church; an area where visitors can obtain one-to-one support and advice on, for example, benefits, finance, immigration and legal matters; a meeting room for church use or community hire, as well as use as a winter night shelter; and a reception area with space for showers, toilets, a washing machine and a demonstration kitchen.
If you would like to find out more about the Centre or have any questions please do contact us