Donnington Doorstep is an independent, community-based family centre delivering a range of universal and specialist services. Set up in 1984 by local parents who knew that caring for children can be hard - we’re a home from home drop-in for children, young people and their families as well as a hub for local community activity. From our purpose-built centre in East Oxford our activities focus on play, food, support and community development.
We aim to increase happiness and emotional wellbeing for local children, young people and their families, and to support good mental and physical health. We want to improve life chances for the socially excluded children and young people we work with, and to enable them to realise their full potential. Through this we will see a stronger, safer and more integrated community in our surrounding areas.
Families can drop in and play three times a week - “fun, messy and free” is our tagline! We offer advice and support, and families can enjoy healthy home-cooked meals which use supplies from Oxford Food Bank. They provide good surplus food that would otherwise have gone to waste.
Our services are not just for families with young children. We offer evening youth sessions, and we run the Step Out project which works with children at risk of sexual exploitation. We provide specialist advice to families in need, we host community events and parenting programmes, and so much more