Located in Stevenage, Winnett Cottage is a residential home for men with enduring mental illness, including substance misuse

Winnett Cottage Care Home


111 Hertford Road, Stevenage, SG2 8SH

Manager: Anne-Marie Holliday
Telephone: 01438 813 915
Fax: 01438 816 713

Manager: Anne-Marie Holliday

The time to adapt, the space to grow.

Winnett Residential Care Home Dining Area
Winnett Residential Care Home Kitchen
Winnett Residential Care Home Living Area

Winnett Cottage is registered for 10 men who require psychiatric aftercare from ages 18-65, with or without a forensic history.

We focus on meeting the residential, psychological care and support needs of those suffering from enduring mental disorder and to provide expert support and psychological care for residents making the transition to independent living or longer-term accommodation.

We encourage residents to individually identify their goals and agree a plan on how to achieve them using the Recovery Star.

Stevenage Old town
Stevenage Memorial
Stevenage Hut
Stevenage Church

Residents are linked up with work opportunities, education at the local College and meaningful activities as provided by Mind and YMCA who offer a full range of therapeutic and leisurely activities that our residents can continue using long after discharge.

Winnett Cottage is part of the integrated male care pathway within Nouvita, which also includes our hospital in Baldock and mental health rehabilitation services at Eltisely Manor in Cambridgeshire and Howe Dell Manor in Hatfield.

The primary focus of the Home is to provide residential accommodation and care in the form of motivation, prompting, support and psychological care. The staff help the residents formulate Lifestyle Plans, ensuring that the CPA Care Plan is proceeding appropriately.

Care staff, under supervision of the Nurse Practitioner and Home Manager will help individual residents to identify and develop appropriate social and leisure interests which are compatible with the resident’s own clinical team’s CPA Plan and Risk assessment to achieve a good balance with the other areas of their rehabilitation, alongside the recovery approach.

Winnett Cottage is all about helping our residents move towards self management through active rehabilitation.  Here are some case studies:

Mr C

Mr C has a diagnosis of paranoid schizophrenia. He has spent time within High Secure Placements and had previously moved to a “Long-term Medium Secure placement”. Following a Mental Health Review Tribunal he had been given a conditional discharge. Following this he moved to Winnett Cottage, where he has settled into the local community. He has attended college courses and accesses leisure facilities in the local area with friends he has made since moving to Winnett Cottage. He is now self-catering and managing the budget for it.

Mr B

Mr B has had a long history of institutionalisation including prison and high and medium secure hospitals. He has a diagnosis of paranoid schizophrenia and alcohol dependency. In the past, moves from high secure care to medium security have been unsuccessful. However, he moved to Winnett Cottage, re-established himself in the community and developed a stable relationship. He also started to pick up some of his previous work skills.  He moved on from Winnett to his own independent accommodation.

Mr A

Mr A had been in the mental health system for a long time. He had been what is known as a ‘revolving door patient’ – in and out of psychiatric care wards. His short periods of time in the community were difficult for him as he could not put in place the skills he had learned during his time in hospital settings. It was evident that moving from inpatient to community was always a huge jump. Using a staggered, step down approach would be beneficial.

As he was used to set, structured activities within inpatient services, he struggled to achieve a meaningful day and manage his medication. He would also disengage from any community support offered. His lack of insight and frequent cannabis use resulted in several relapses.

His hospital admissions were characterised by verbal abuse and violence. Having been sectioned a few times he had developed a mistrust about healthcare professionals. The routine used on the ward used to frustrate him and he would often break furniture and be nursed in seclusion.

Following a period of steady progress in one of the secure hospitals, he was referred to Winnett Cottage. Once Mr A came to Winnett Cottage his support requirements were assessed by himself and his key worker. Using the Recovery Star framework, he was able to identify areas he needed help with –  budgeting, living skills, social networks and work. Lifestyle plans were in place which all the staff would support him with. Letting Mr A take full ownership of his recovery journey was our main focus. Weekly sessions to support his drug habit took place with staff who never judged him. Whilst quiet, often just listening, it was clear he soon began to gain trust and hope. Staff supported him to build good social networks in the community and to maintain them. Supporting him with his daily living skills, self care and managing his mental health.

The primary focus of the hostel staff team comes in the form of motivating, prompting and supporting.  Mr A was able to progress from Winnett Cottage to the pre-discharge house, Windsor House, where he was able to build on independent living skills. He lived at Windsor House for about 2 years before progressing to a flat where he now lives with good social networks around him. He has continued working at a charity shop from the time he was at Winnett through to Windsor and has also continued the routine he developed at Winnett and Windsor House. Periodically he stops by for a golf game with some old friends who are still here. As a service, we strive to see residents move on to further accommodation when appropriate.


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