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The Porch Day Centre

The Porch

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Contact Details

The Porch Day Centre Address: 139 Magdalen Road, Oxford - OX4 1RL
139 Magdalen Road, Oxford
The Porch Day Centre Phone Number: 01865 251798
01865 251798

Service Type

Day service

Operating Hours

12pm-2pm Mon- Fri

Eligibility & Referral

Drop in

Service Description

Due to the pandemic, the opening hours have been amended to provide meals five days a week from Monday to Friday, 12pm-2pm. 

The Porch has amended its provision order to reach as many people within the homeless community as possible.

The existing building used by The Porch is ageing and cramped and they are fundraising for a new kitchen and training area in the new building they secured in January 2020. If you would like to help, please click on the following link to make a direct donation: All Under One Roof Crowdfunder.


The Porch provides day services for those who are homeless or vulnerably housed. It offers one-to-one support and focuses on the individual, working collaboratively with partner agencies to address any identified issues in a holistic way.

Normally the day centre can accommodate 74 people at any one time and on average sees 54 people a day. In addition to support it provides access to a laundry, showers, a clothing store, and an IT room. It also serves two freshly prepared meals each day.

The Porch was recently awarded The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service in recognition of its work within the voluntary sector and its engagement with the local and wider community over the past 30 years.

The centre’s catering manager, Lorraine Green, has been awarded The High Sheriff’s Award for her 15 years of dedicated service to the Porch’s members and for the in-house training opportunities she has provided, which have created employment pathways for many people.

Key functions & activities offered

  • Open five days a week, plus all Bank Holidays (including Christmas Day)
  • On-site café providing wholesome and nourishing low cost lunches and suppers
  • Tailored support plans and an allocated support worker, on request
  • Dedicated employment coach for vocational skills training and employment support
  • One-to-one professional counselling
  • Laundry facilities and showers
  • Free clothing store
  • Suite of internet-enabled PCs
  • Library
  • Social enterprise - Porch Preserves
  • Partnership working to provide drop-in surgeries with Turning Point, OXSPOT, and The Big Issue

Structured activities

  • Art classes, allotment and orchard, yoga lessons, film club, bingo, quiz nights
  • Adult literacy classes and creative writing group
  • Complementary therapies: reiki, reflexology, Bowen technique, acupuncture, yoga
  • Day trips and theatre visits
  • Special events – lectures and presentations from leading experts