We are still working alongside North Devon Council and other agencies to provide support to homeless and vulnerable people at this time.
If you are homeless or vulnerable and require emergency support in North Devon please contact North Devon Council at Lynton House on 01271 327711.
For Torridge District Council the number is 01237 428700.
Now serving hot food 3 days a week.
We’re excited to announce that we are now serving hot food, which will be available at the Freedom Centre between 12 noon and 1 pm on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday on a first-come, first-served basis. Takeaway will also be available at these times.
When you come to the Centre, you will see that we have systems and processes in place to keep everyone safe.
We will continue to monitor this provision and expand the service as and when we’re able.
Support and advice
We are pleased to say that we are now able to offer support to you if you are in crisis and looking for help or advice. Whether help with benefits claims, CVs, tasks linked to Universal Credit or the need for a foodbank voucher or general one-to-one advice about a difficult situation, we are here to help.
However, The Freedom Centre will still not be open daily to visitors as it used to be,
Instead, please contact us by phone on 01271 321171 (even out of hours when you can leave a message) or via email: [email protected]
If no one is free at the time of your call or message, one of our support workers will be glad to call you back when they are available and, should you need more than advice over the phone, will arrange a personal appointment for you at the Freedom Centre.
If you are homeless or in danger of becoming homeless, please call your local authority first (see top of page).
A note from Phil Noall, our Chief Exec:
Tuesday, 31 March 2020
I would like to give you a brief update about our work at this very difficult time. As you would have read on previous posts, and as expected, the Day Centre is now closed until further notice. However, we continue to help and support many vulnerable people in our community.
Outreach services to Rough Sleepers are essential but sadly local resources have been hit really badly because of the coronavirus pandemic. Many of the Enhanced Outreach Team have been called back to their core services leaving only a few to continue providing this essential service.
In response, we have been able to reconfigure our staff team and in partnership with North Devon Council we are making sure that 2 outreach teams are going out onto the streets of North Devon each day.
Staff start the day preparing packed lunches at the Freedom Centre and these are taken out to people on the streets by the outreach teams. Following outreach which usually last a few hours staff are then checking in on the 43 vulnerable residents we have across town in our supported housing projects.
Although the Day Centre is closed our work supporting highly vulnerable people continues. These are clearly very difficult times and we are doing everything we can to ensure that staff, residents and clients are kept safe.
Freedom Community Alliance
We will take this one day at a time. Please check this website and our Facebook page regularly for updates.
Thank you for your support.