Riverside Veterans Services – We are committed to supporting veterans facing homelessness and our services are developed and driven by staff who have served in the Armed Forces.
Veterans Support for veterans facing homelessness: This is a key element of Riverside Care and Support veterans services. The Beacon, Hardwick House and Mike Jackson House are specialist supported housing centres, a leading part of Riverside’s practical commitment to veterans. Key to these housing services is the support provided around employment, training, health & wellbeing and resettling veterans into mainstream permanent housing. Referrals to the supported housing services is via SPACES.
Military Correction Training Centre
Berechurch Hall Road,Colchester
Working closely with the JSHAO, Riverside established the Single Persons Accommodation Centre for the Ex Services, SPACES, in September 2000, since then we have helped over 15,500 homeless ex-Service personnel with their housing needs. SPACES provides tailored, specialist housing support for the unique issues veterans’ face. Crucially this housing advice includes support for serving personnel, up to a year prior to discharge, who are at risk of becoming homeless on discharge. SPACES delivers pro-active tailored 1:1 guidance, with the aim of preventing homelessness and rough sleeping among single Service leavers and veterans.
Within MCTC Colchester we have a fulltime Housing Worker who delivers a weekly housing brief on homelessness, veterans projects and private renting to all those who are sent to MCTC. Advice is also available on buying and renting property off camp whilst still serving to help prevent future homelessness. Members of the military staff can also use the service and receive advice and help on all aspects of housing before they leave.