The Open Doors Project is a church based charity which was started in the autumn of 2000, when the Church responded initially meeting strangers along Princes Avenue.
It quickly developed into a Thursday afternoon Drop In for young men from Afghanistan. These men were well-educated professional men who had originally held responsible jobs in their own country. They were fleeing from a regime that did not recognise their skills and sought to punish them for being well educated and freethinking.
We continued in this way for a number of months. Soon we became aware that some women and children were arriving as well. Again in response to request we began working with dedicated Health Visitors and our way of working changed. The women and children met upstairs and the men continued to use the hall for discussions and table games. As the number of women and children increased they moved into the hall.