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Please contact us to find out more about the service and whether it would be suitable for you.

We also run the East Cambs Mentor Project which supports young people who have experienced homelessness – if you would be interested in becoming a volunteer you can find out more here 

At Wheatsheaf Close in Ely we provide accommodation and support young people aged 16-25 who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless and who want support to make positive changes in their lives.

To read what our young people say about living here click here You can apply using our online digital form below or print off a paper version here and email it to us at

CHS Community Support Housing Referral Form

Wheatsheaf Close offers

  • A safe, nurturing and empowering environment
  • One to one support
  • Personalised support to achieve your aspirations
  • Support staff on site daily and overnight
  • A wide range of fun social activities to get involved with
  • Privacy, confidentiality, dignity, independence, choice and personal rights
  • Support to make positive changes in your life
  • 15 individual fully furnished rooms, with shared facilities: kitchens, sitting room, bathrooms, garden, bicycle shed
  • Wi-Fi

What People Say...

"I was homeless before I came here, it just felt like I didn't have anywhere I could call home. CHS is brilliant and amazing really, especially for helping young people like myself"

Josh - Wheatsheaf Close resident

Wheatsheaf Close - Frequently Asked Questions

How long can I stay at Wheatsheaf Close?

The usual length of stay is 18 months to 2 years and when ready we help you find suitable accommodation to move on to, which may be your own room in a shared house or your own flat.

What kind of support will I get at Wheatsheaf Close?

Our experienced staff will give you support tailored to your needs including:

  • Support and motivation to make positive changes in your life
  • Getting into daytime activities, training, education and employment
  • Setting up home and settling in
  • Help with family relationships and making friends
  • Support to develop self-understanding to enable recovery from issues experienced, and encouragement to develop your own personal identity
  • Life skills and becoming more independent
  • Coping skills and strategies
  • Staying safe
  • Advice and support regarding physical and mental health, diet, substance misuse, contraception, sexual health, domestic and other forms of abuse
  • Budgeting and money management
  • Advice and support to claim welfare benefits
  • Understanding tenancy agreements and obligations, and keeping your tenancy
  • Support with moving on to suitable accommodation

Our team of support workers are on site 7 days a week. We work together with you to form a plan to help you overcome any issues you have experienced and to get your life on track so you can achieve your aspirations. Then we support you to make sure you get everything you can out of living at Wheatsheaf Close and are well set up for your move to independent living.

How do I apply for a place at Wheatsheaf Close?

You are welcome to visit us to find out more. You can apply for a place yourself or be referred by an agency you already have contact with. We will send you an application form.

What happens once I’ve applied?

Once we receive your application form we will ask you to meet with us so you can talk about what you want. An assessment of your support requirements will need to be carried out by two members of our staff who will meet with you and your referrer.

How are place allocated?

All applications and assessments are discussed at the Allocation Panel meeting and the panel will decide if you can be offered a place. The Service Manager will let you know the decision and this will be confirmed in writing. If you are offered a place you may be able to move in straight away if there is a vacant place, or if there are no vacancies at the time we may add your name to the waiting list. If you are not offered a place, we will tell you why and wherever possible suggest alternatives for you to try.

Can I appeal if I don’t get offered a place?

Yes, you have the right to appeal. You or your referrer must write to the Service Manager within 14 days of receiving the rejection letter giving reasons why you think the decision was wrong. If the Service Manager thinks your application should be reconsidered, then your application will be looked at again at the next Allocation meeting. If the Service Manager does not think your reasons for appealing are justified, your appeal will be passed to the Community Support Manager at CHS who will arrange an appeal hearing. You have the right to have someone with you at the appeal hearing.

How much will I have to pay to live at Wheatsheaf Close?

You will need to pay the rent and any service charges and may be eligible for Housing Benefit towards these costs. In many cases tenants only have to pay their personal service charge for hot water, heat and light as this is not eligible for Housing Benefit. You do not have to pay for the support.

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Breege Brandon

Breege Brandon

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