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The Gatehouse Community Centre

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Contact Details

The Gatehouse Community Centre Address: St Giles, 10 Woodstock Road, Oxford  - OX2 6HT
St Giles, 10 Woodstock Road, Oxford
The Gatehouse Community Centre Phone Number: 01865 792999
01865 792999

Service Type

Day service

Operating Hours

5-7pm Mon-Fri, 4-6pm Sun

Eligibility & Referral

Drop in

Service Description

The Gatehouse community drop in centre offers a wide range of free support services for adults aged 18+ who are homeless, vulnerably housed, on low income and/or looking for company and community. The Gatehouse is a local independent charity that supports people using a non-judgemental and open access approach. 

You can access their services if you need immediate provisionfood, practical provision, referrals to other services, ongoing support to address life's barriers/challenges, to support wellbeing and mental health or/and if you are isolated and want a sense of community. The Gatehouse is largely volunteer led which offers a diverse community for everyone to be able to identify with someone at the project.  

Key functions & activities offered

The Gatehouse café offers:

  • A range of hot and cold food and drink six evenings a week.

  • Guest-led therapeutic and development workshops on varying nights of the week. 

  • Computer access during opening hours (above) Wednesday - Friday. 

  • The clothes donation store is available for guests during opening hours on Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays (emergencies only from Wednesday to Friday).

  • The Shower Project is open first come, first served, Sundays 2.306.00pm (5 slots), Mondays 3.307.00pm (5 slots), Tuesdays 2-4pm (women only), then 4.30-7pm (4 slots), Thursdays 3.30–6.15pm (4 slots). Guests can book a space during cafe opening hours or by sending an email to or calling the office. The shower project is subject to change and availability.

    Sessions last 30 mins and towels and toiletries are supplied. You will be given an appointment card. Please arrive on time, but not early. If you have any physical ill health symptoms, please do not enter the Shower Project as it puts others at risk.

  • Casework (one to one support on a range of emotional and practical needs) operates every week day and you can book this support during cafe opening hours or email

  • A one to one counselling service to support people's wellbeing and mental health is also available for Guests. Ask one of the café team/casework team to refer you.

  • Women’s Only Safe Space (18+) meets Tuesdays 2-4pm, staff depending. Meet like minded women, chat and develop activities. Showers, clothing, toiletries, hygiene products provided. Caseworker will be on site to offer support and they can refer to their in-house counsellor if required.

  • Hairdressing available one Sunday per month, 4-6pm. Contact the office for dates. In the spirit of compassion, our stylist can offer their expertise and care to those in need. With each haircut and styling session, they aim to create a safe and welcoming environment where guests can feel valued, respected, and heard. Appointments will be on a first come, first served basis. Come along and chat to our stylist who will be happy to help. Subject to individual consultation and services offered may vary.

Outside of the community centre hours the Gatehouse also offers The Lived Experience Advisory Forum