Bernard Brett House is a specialist supported housing scheme for young homeless people at risk in the Colchester area.

Where we can help

Colchester, Essex

Who we support

Young people

About the service

The scheme consists of 19 rooms with shared bathrooms and staff are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The scheme also has a large communal area, computers, table tennis, Wi-Fi and internet access. Activities are also held in this room such as cooking club, art sessions, house meetings and quiz nights. Staff also promote Family Mosaic’s volunteering opportunities and the Duke of Edinburgh scheme.

We provide support around independent living skills, housing related support, signposting to relevant agencies dependent on their individual support needs. We also offer support around money, managing debts, linking in with health care services, employment and training support.

Every customer has a support plan that reflects their support needs and aspirations. Support workers regularly review these plans with customers to ensure that they still reflect the needs of the customers.

At the end of the two years with us, the young person will move onto privately rented accommodation, including room rents and house shares, by bidding on Gateway for a council property or by nomination to a council property.

The scheme is commissioned and funded by Housing Related Support (Essex County Council). We also provide one room as a ‘Crash Pad’ which is funded by Social Care and used for emergency and temporary accommodation for 16/17-year-olds.


You can make a referral using this form.

All referrals are via the Colchester Joint Referral Panel which meets every fortnight. Any agency/organisation can refer a young person to the panel. It is chaired by housing providers on a six month rotational basis.

For further details, please contact Bernard Brett House.

Contact Details

Tel: 0300 123 3456