Encompass Southwest provides practical help and support for people who are experiencing crisis, homelessness and rough sleeping across Northern Devon.

The service is delivered by one of our specialist service team members and supported by our valued volunteers. The Gateway Crisis Centres receive no specific funding for these vital services and we rely entirely on donations of money, clothes and food from the local communities, organisations and good people across Northern Devon.

If you or your organisation wish to make a donation please contact our office on 01271 371499 or email our office at info@bpag-encompass.org.uk for details and pick–up/delivery arrangements.

How we’re making

a difference

The services include a soup kitchen in Barnstaple. The Gateway can provide hot food, food parcels clothes, sleeping bags, blankets, and tents. 

We also provide access to emergency accommodation, travel warrants, signposting and referrals to appropriate agencies, advice (housing, homelessness, benefits, debt, etc.), advocacy and case-work.

Further information

The Parish Rooms, Paternoster Row, behind Butchers Row and between the High Street and Boutport Street. Tuesdays 09.45 – 14:00. We offer coffee, tea and toast from 9:45 to 11:00. A hot meal is available between 12:00 and 13:00. This meal is freshly prepared every week using produce from local suppliers.

There is an opportunity for advice and signposting to other agencies and services, access to the homeless officer from North Devon Council (arranged) and the availability of food parcels, hygiene packs and clothes is also provided.