Open Door, Berkhamsted

Open Door, Berkhamsted

At a glance


  • Children / families
  • Community safety / victim support / domestic violence
  • Counselling / advice
  • Housing and homelessness
  • Local / community
  • Mental health
  • Older people / later life
  • Women
  • Young people

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Open Door is a community and arts space on Berkhamsted High Street where people can be active, creative, and social, whatever their circumstances. We offer a wide range of activities, from workshops and exhibitions, to volunteering opportunities and other ways to make a difference. Or people can just come and have a cup of tea and a chat!

Tackling social inequality and isolation is at the heart of what we do as a charity. We enable everyone to connect and contribute, for their own wellbeing and that of the wider community.

We’re here for everyone

We’re caring, welcoming and inclusive.


We empower

We provide opportunities for everyone in our community to be active and to make a difference.


We’re collaborative

​We unite the community – working as a team with local people and organisations.


Full details of all our activities are contained on our website and we should encourage people to look at the “What’s on” section for more information.  We continue to develop the services that we offer and we are always open to new ideas. We have listed below some of the key services that we provide:

  • Community Cafe – Our Community Cafe is open to everyone five and a half days per week: Monday to Friday (10.30 – 15.30) and Saturday (10.30 – 13.00).  It is a welcoming and warm space in which we serve tea, coffee, cake and a hot food dish (usually soup and bread). It operates on a “donations basis”, with everyone giving what they can afford.  It is a key part of our mission to ensure that those in need are fed.
  • Community Fridge - We now collect “food waste” (edible but at its use-by date) from local supermarkets and shops and on a Tuesday morning (10.00 – 12.00) we distribute this food into the community.
  • Community Pantry – The blue store cupboard in front of our entrance is filled daily with food, toiletries, and other essentials. It is there to help our customers 24/7 and we are eternally grateful to our volunteers and members of the community who continuously fill the cupboard as fast as it empties.
  • Community Meals – Another part of our programme to feed Berkhamsted is the community meals that we put on for various groups in the community.  This ensures that many of our customers have a wholesome meal on those days.
  • Memory Café – We run a Memory Cafe, supported by Home Instead, for people with Dementia and Alzheimer's and their carer’s – it is an informal and relaxed opportunity to chat, enjoy a good cuppa and a slice of cake with some fun brain exercises, puzzle’s, quizzes, and arts & craft activities. It runs every Friday, from 10.30am to 12noon.
  • Art and Exhibitions – We believe in the positive therapeutic effects that art and exhibitions of art can bring. We run a whole series of art classes in Open Door and a range of pottery classes at our Pottery Shed, round the corner in Park Street.  We always have an exhibition of art hanging on the walls of Open Door and we encourage people to join us to appreciate them.
  • Physical wellbeing – We run a series of classes such as yoga, pilates and qigong that target the physical wellbeing of our customers of all ages and backgrounds.
  • Mental wellbeing – We run a number of other classes and activities that are focused around the mental wellbeing of our customers.  We have a resident therapist and are looking to broaden the activities that we provide in this area.
  • Repair Cafe – For just over a year we have been running a monthly (first Saturday of each month) Repair Cafe where people can bring a range of things for repair.  Our work here is focused on saving CO2 emissions and preventing items going to landfill.  It has grown and has become one of our most popular and busiest activities.

Open Door is a charity, currently operating as part of the registered Way Inn Charitable Trust.  We rely on income from venue hire, exhibitions, classes, donations, grants and other fundraising to cover our costs.

As a charity, we are run almost entirely by volunteers. We could not do everything that we do and want to do without the massive contribution of all our volunteers.

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