YMCA Colchester

Referral address

Williamson House
159 Magdalen Street

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.

Who we cannot help

No automatic exclusions. Applications considered on a case by case basis.

  • Minimum age accepted: 16
  • Maximum age accepted: 25

How to get a referral

Referral agencies

Only accept referrals via Colchester Joint Referral Panel. Do not accept self referrals.

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: 6 months
  • Maximum stay: 2 years

Support and accommodation

Support offered

Manager, 1 Deputy Manager, 3 full time housing officers, 3 night staff on a rota basis and bank staff. 1 Cleaner, 1 part time maintenance officer. 24 hour waking cover. Compulsory keywork system. 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

£6.10pw required from residents in receipt of benefits. Tenants pay for own electricity (card meter).

  • Single: 44
  • Total spaces: 44


  • Furnishings: Rooms fully furnished, with ensuite facilities and kitchen areas.
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  • Disabled facilities: 2 rooms are fully accessible for wheelchair users with adapted bathrooms and kitchen areas.
  • Other facilities: Communal pool table, internet access.

Rules and policies

House rules and tenure

Alcohol and smoking allowed in residents' rooms, not in communal areas. Assured shorthold tenancy.


Between 8am-11pm Thurs-Sun, 8am-midnight Fri-Sat. Overnight guests by prior arrangement.

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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