YMCA Colchester

Referral address

Williamson House
159 Magdalen St

Referral phone

01206 579415

Referral email




Who is the project for?

Who do we help?

Young single homeless or vulnerably housed people aged 16-25 with low-medium support needs. Residents must be committed to actively seek training or employment. Priority given to those with a local connection to Colchester.

  • Minimum age accepted: 16
  • Maximum age accepted: 24

How to get a referral

Referral agencies

referrals via Colchester Joint Referral Panel. Will accept self referrals but will also be directed to Joint Referral panel

Referral procedure

Phone Mon-Fri 9am-5pm. Application form completed by applicant and referral agency. Referrals allocated by Joint Referral Panel. Require proof of ID. Interview. Successful applicants placed on waiting list.

Length of stay

  • Minimum stay: 3-6 Months
  • Maximum stay: 2 Years

Support and accommodation

Support offered

Manager, 1 Deputy Manager, 2 full time housing officers, 3 night staff on a rota basis and bank staff. 1 Cleaner, 1 Caretaker. Staffed 24/7 waking nights. Individual and group wellbeing meetings around budgeting, job searching, accessing education, and action plans with agreed outcomes reviewed according to each resident's needs. Staff offer support on life skills, budgeting, benefits and refer residents on for employment and training. YMCA has links with local providers.

Rooms and charges

  • Single: 44
  • Total spaces: 44


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Rules and policies

User participation


Further information

Public transport

Colchester town railway station Various bus routes


Phone 01206 579415 for further information.


Food, money, household – all with prior agreement. Phone 01206 579415 for details or email Sophie.mattei@ymcacolchester.org.uk

Is this page accurate?

If you work for YMCA Colchester and would like to tell us about any of this information that needs updating please email the Homeless Link Information team. Please note this email address does not contact the service listed above so do not use it if you are looking for help or advice. 

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