come together in a safe and welcoming environment

how are you feeling today?

Having friendship and support in our lives
is fundamental to our wellbeing.
Meet us at The Athenæum Centre, 18 – 20 High Street, Warminster, BA12 9AE

How are you? Feeling a little down? Fancy a chat and a cuppa?

Why not join us at The Chat Café?
Don’t worry if you are on your own, there will always be someone who would love to meet you. No need to book, just drop in when you feel like it.

The Friendship Chat Café is open every Thursday morning 10:00-12:00 pm

And every Monday evening 7:00 – 8:30 pm

Cancer support

If you are affected by cancer directly or are supporting a loved one then please drop in and chat with others with lived experience of cancer. People who can say ‘I understand..’.
No need to book, just come along.

The Cancer Support group meets every 1st and 3rd Friday of the month between 10:00 and 12:00 pm

Grief Support

Grief is a natural part of life - a process to help us adjust to change in our life.

Come to the 'By Your Side' chat café. No need to book, just come along if you feel a chat with one of our volunteers might help you.

The Grief Support group meets every 2nd and 4th Friday of the month between 10:00 and 12:00 pm

Evening Friendship Café

Thanks you so much for your responses to our evening Chat Café idea. The feedback clearly shows there is a need for this group with almost 40 people saying they would come, or knew someone who would. 
We are now running a three months trial Monday evenings from 7pm until 8:30pm at The Athenaeum Centre, High Street, Warminster. 

Come and say 'hi'! Everyone is welcome.

About Open Door Warminster

Open Door Warminster is an unincorporated association. 
We are a volunteer group supporting the residents of Warminster and the surrounding villages. We set up in 2020, determined to create opportunities for people who were feeling isolated or excluded from society to come together in a safe and encouraging environment and talk about how they feel and how they would like to feel.

The Thursday Friendship Chat Café was our first endeavour.  Its doors are open every Thursday morning for anyone who is feeling lonely or isolated. It’s a lively welcoming environment where everyone relaxes and enjoys a good chat over a cuppa and some cake!

On the first and third Friday of the month is the Cancer Support café – open to anyone personally affected by cancer or supporting a loved one through it. Our volunteers all have lived experience of cancer and are happy to help you talk through yours. We have occasional guests such as Macmillan Cancer and Look Good Feel Better who provide practical advice on important topics such as money, makeup and hair care.

On the second and fourth Friday of each month we have the Grief Support café. Grief is something everyone will experience – whether it’s the loss of a loved one, a job, a relationship or a dream. Our volunteer chatters will help you work through the feelings that grief brings to the surface and while they can’t take away the pain, they will try to help you live through it.

All three Chat Cafés run from 10:00 – 12:00 and are held at The Athenæum Centre, 18 – 20 High Street,
Warminster, BA12 9AE. It’s a drop in service and while donations are always welcome there is no charge for refreshments or company! The Chat Café’s volunteer team are trained and experienced in safe-guarding and active listening.

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The Athenæum Centre,
18 – 20 High Street, Warminster, BA12 9AE

"...Thanks for providing such a helpful, life rescuing service. It’s thanks to groups like yours that I now have a substantial period of sobriety and my life is heading in the right direction. "
Now that I attend the Chat Café on Thursday mornings, I feel I have something to look forward to. I have met some new people and are enjoying a nice cuppa while having a chat. - Thank you!
“Many, many thanks to you for all the support during a tough time. You have been amazing!”

Community Support

We recognise that loneliness – social and emotional – has been exacerbated by the pandemic, but it is an existing problem for society with an impact that goes far beyond individual wellbeing.

Our vision is a community where everyone feels socially included and supported.
Our mission is to create opportunities for people who feel isolated to come together in a safe and encouraging environment and, with the help of compassionate volunteers, identify ways in which their wellbeing can be enriched.


Check here for useful information on events, activities and support services.

Thank you to all our supporters