Totnes Drop In Centre

[in Paignton and need help? scroll down for information about The Haven – Paignton‘s night shelter scheme]


Burke Road Industrial Estate, Totnes
Immediate right, after the crossing and South Devon House, opposite the Food Bank.
external website
emergency number 07890 189378
• more details below
 the Drop In Winter 2017 Newsletter
is now available to read online or to download
dropinwinternewsletterjan2017


STANDARD OPENING TIMES


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Monday to Friday 9.15am to 12.30pm
Saturday closed
Sunday Lunch served 12.20pm to 1.15pm
[During the week, after 12.30pm, if there is a real emergency pop along to the Drop In – Mark’s contact details are posted there or, in an emergency, telephone 07890 189378.]


Mark Hatch now has contacts with all the relevant agencies who can help those who are homeless, unwell, mentally unwell or who have drug and alcohol problems.

There is also an Outreach Worker who will visit people on the street and he has an arrangement with Leatside Surgery so that homeless people needing a doctor can always be seen.

It is important that we send any homeless people that we meet to Mark. Many people have been housed this with his help. Totnes Food Bank continues to serve those who find themselves struggling in the current financial climate.

If you want to know more or can offer help, please email Carole Leigh. She has been most grateful for the donations that she has received from across our team – especially for the wonderful gift from Cornworthy.

What about fresh veg?

“I received a lot of fresh veg at this year’s Harvest Services and it went straight to the Daisy Family Centre. We also have Food in the Community – who have taken up the ancient art of gleaning (at Riverford Farm!) and veg that doesn’t quite ‘make the grade’ is then passed on to all, from young families to those in need and the homeless at Mark’s Drop In.

“The vegetables received from Food in the Community are also used by the Daisy Family Centre (based at St John’s School) to make delicious soup at after school family sessions – at the last session, over 30 sat down to share a meal together. Fresh veg can also be delivered to the Food Bank on Fridays ready for weekend use.”


  • Please do not give money to homeless people that you may meet – instead, buy them food or a hot drink. The small gift that you may have given them would be best passed straight to Mark for petty cash needed for the daily purchases of fresh milk and food at the Drop In.

Donating money to the Food Bank / Drop In / Transition Club
If you wish to donate to any of the above please make the cheque payable to GIVING BACK and pop a note in with your donation designating the particular area that you wish to give you gift to.
Then either post it or pop it in to Market Place Ministries, 2a Burke Road Industrial Estate Totnes TQ9 5XL.
If you wish to give cash it would be wise to donate in person during the Drop In open hours Monday – Friday 9.45am to 12.45pm, when we can always guarantee that someone will be there.. Once again, pop in a note along with the donation designating the gift. Thank you!


THE HAVEN – Paignton’s Night Shelter scheme


dropinmapsmallTotnes Night Shelter operates when South Hams District Council gives Mark permission to open and I then email when he is open.
Below is some information about a night shelter in Paignton – we often find that our homeless move around between Totnes and Paignton.

Paignton Churches Night Shelter
People who want to access the service of the night shelters in the churches have to register at The Haven in Paignton first.

  • The Haven is close to Lidl supermarket.
  • Registration is between 10am and 5pm.
  • Sunday: Sacred Heart Church
  • Monday: Gerston Chapel
  • Tuesday: St Paul’s Church
  • Wednesday: Christ Church
  • Thursday: Paignton Baptist Church
  • Friday: Preston Baptist Church
  • Saturday: St Andrew’s Church

They open from 5pm and bedtime is 10pm.
Food is served in the evening and the morning at the Haven.
The scheme runs throughout February.

Further details can be obtained by contacting Reverend Paula Meyer at:
The Haven, 
2nd Floor, 1 Parkside Road, Paignton, TQ4 6AE
telephone 01803 558 727
website www.Haven-torbay.org.uk

• the scheme is sponsored by Barclays Bank


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