Herring House
About Herring House
About Herring House
About Herring House

Herring House Trust is a registered charitable Housing Association working for single homeless people in the Borough of Great Yarmouth. We provide emergency accommodation in our 31 bed hostel and move on accommodation in shared houses around the Town. We have a resettlement team that offers support and access to housing for people moving into their own homes.

You may be homeless yourself or you may know someone who is homeless, if you are single and over the age of 18 years we may be able to help.

Our mission is to provide a secure and safe environment with access to support, to help people begin to tackle the problems that may have caused their homelessness. By working in partnership with many local specialist agencies we can offer a range of services to meet the needs of homeless people.

We provide access to housing and longer term support. We offer opportunities for people to retrain or gain new skills which helps give back self-esteem and confidence. We understand the need to work with specialist services to get people the support and guidance they require. And most importantly, we are service user focused, which means we work at the pace of each individual and help them set their own personal goals for moving on.

Herring House Trust was established in 1991 by a group of concerned local people and key members of the local Citizens Advice Bureau who saw increasing numbers of people visiting the Bureau who were homeless.

A small team was set up to provide access to accommodation in the form of B&B and temporary accommodation. Many people that were housed by the team, needed far more than just a roof over their heads, they needed longer term support to help them tackle some of the problems that caused their homelessness. Homelessness is usually a symptom of a range of other complex issues such as mental & physical ill health, drug and alcohol dependency, relationship breakdown, abuse, unemployment, or housing shortages. Unless you help people get the support to begin addressing some of these problems, keeping the roof over their heads may often fail.

It was clear to the team that simply finding housing was failing the people we were working with and in 1994 through local support and a donation from Comic Relief, the hostel was established. Bauleah House has been a key project for the Trust and since it opened has supported many thousands of people who have needed a safe place to live and a chance to look at the reasons for their homelessness. We now operate a range of schemes to meet the needs of homeless people as they move through each stage of the Trust.

Our Aims

Herring House has three clear objectives which are at the root of everything we do:

  • To be a safe and accessible environment where individuals can begin the process of identifying and addressing the issues resulting in their homelessness. This approach will be inclusive for all individuals, supporting those who are at a point of change and those for whom change may be a longer term objective
  • To offer a non-judgemental environment where individuals can work towards a planned route of resettlement
  • To provide a tailored support plan approach, by working in partnership with specialist agencies to provide in-reach services and access to statutory & voluntary support services as required

Help and Advice

Herring House creates opportunities for homeless people to secure permanent new homes and to find meaningful activities, learning and employment. Our work focuses on three main areas:

  • Providing emergency accommodation and support
  • Supporting homeless people in addressing the reasons for their homelessness
  • Providing a resettlement pathway out of homelessness