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Peabody Trust - Bernard Brett House

Who is the project for?

Who do we help?

Single homeless people aged 16-25 who are vulnerable, including care leavers and ex-offenders. Applicants must have a local connection to Colchester.

Who we cannot help

People whose support needs cannot be met by the project.



Minimum age accepted


Maximum age accepted


How to get a referral

Referral agencies

Only accept referrals from named agencies via Colchester Joint Referral Panel which is made up of local agencies working with vulnerable young homeless people.

Referral procedure

Application form completed by applicant and referral agency. Interview. Require proof of ID and background information, including risk assessments.

Length of stay

Minimum stay

3-6 Months

Maximum stay

2 Years

Support and accommodation

Support offered

5 full time staff available daily 8am-11pm, sleep-in cover. Keywork system (4 residents per key worker) with weekly meetings. Action plans with agreed outcomes, reviewed quarterly. Staff offer help with benefits and budgeting, life skills, job searching, training and social skills and accessing specialist welfare services.

Total spaces



Plus one room to use as a crash pad

Further information

Public transport

Colchester train station - 3 minutes walk. Colchester bus station - 5 minutes walk.