In response to the Covid-19 outbreak Beacon House is reviewing and revising our service on a day-to-day basis. We have worked closely with Colchester Borough Homes and North East Essex Clinical (NEECCG) Commissioning Group to ensure the provision of three streams of accommodation for those previously sleeping out; Covid Care, Covid Vulnerable and Covid Protect. Our nurse provides a triage point for referrals into appropriate accommodation. We are offering remote support to help those newly accommodated in the transition from homeless to housed. For those that are still on the streets we are providing medical care, hot drinks, hot lunch, and in partnership with Colchester Soup Run, sandwiches to take away for the evening, alongside working to secure them accommodation. We are adopting a policy of social distancing wherever possible and are grateful to the NEECCG for providing adequate PPE equipment for staff working on the frontline. We have also been able to distribute some of this to Colchester Borough Homes frontline staff.
Food and Toiletries
Tinned meat / protein
Sugar / Caster Sugar
Long-life milk (1pt / 500ml size if possible)
Single-serving cereal packets
Kettle-prepared food e.g. pot noodles and ramen
Single-wrapped biscuits and chocolate
Prepared custard (no powder please)
disposable razors – two blades or better please!
These items ONLY please:
Sleeping bags – in carry bag style only please
Tents (small pop-up size)
wired headphones / earbuds
Women’s clothing (sizes 8-14):
Trousers and Jeans – 30-32-34
Joggers – M-L-XL
Boxers – S-M-L
Ladies – 4-8
Men / Unisex – 7-12
Safeguarding at Beacon House
If you have any concerns about an individual and wish to raise a safeguarding concern, please contact Michelle Wilkinson on our office number – 01206 761960.
If you cannot contact us and believe this is a matter of urgency please contact:
Safeguarding Together Team Essex: 0345 603 7630
Safeguarding Mental Health Team: 01245 315129 / 5130
Safeguarding Children / Young People: 0345 603 7627
If you believe your concern has not been adequately dealt with by us, you may contact the NHS and Social Care whistleblowing helpline on: 0800 724725.