Berryfields is a specialist supported housing scheme for people with acquired brain injuries, situated in East Bay, Colchester.
The scheme consists of eight self contained one bed bungalows consisting of a bedroom, lounge, kitchen and bathroom. All the bungalows are built to mobility standards and one is wheelchair accessible. In addition there is a communal lounge, kitchen, laundry, staff sleep-in room and small office.
The scheme aims to support you to gain independent living skills so that you can move on to hold and retain your own tenancy in the future.
You can stay at the scheme for between two and five years during which time you will sign up to the local Home Choice to enable our customers to bid for local authority housing and local social landlords.
Staff at the scheme can support you around a range of issues such as:
- Understanding a tenancy and its obligations
- Independent living skills
- Looking into education, work and training
- Broader social networks
- Better coping skills
Every customer has a support plan that reflects your support needs and aspirations. Support workers regularly review these plans with you to make sure that they still reflect your needs
We work closing with the local hospital and agencies supporting people with acquired brain injuries in order to meet your specific needs. We work closely with Headway and other rehabilitation centres who will be identifying customers that are ready to take the next step to independence.
Referrals are taken from the local neurology nurse, joint referral panel from Essex County Council, Headway, families and direct from customers.