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Winnett Cottage

Residential Care

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Support for

  • Working-age males with mental health conditions such as schizophrenia, OCD, Bipolar, personality disorders, depression, anxiety
  • Individuals with alcohol or substance misuse history
  • Individuals with forensic history

Typical stay

Short to mid-term, emphasising progression to supported or independent living.

Typical admission circumstances

Many of our admissions come from prison, hospital, or other mental health services.


Those living with dementia and those with a high risk of violence and aggression.

Registered Manager: Amy Oakes



  • 2 storey house

Shared living spaces

  • Shared lounge, dining area, kitchen, garden


  • Single occupancy
    Bedrooms with basin
    4 shared bathrooms

Winnett Cottage

111 Hertford Road, Stevenage, SG2 8SH

Winnett Cottage is a pleasant, spacious 10-bed adult male residential home in a quiet residential area of Stevenage, Hertfordshire.

The team at Winnett Cottage provides outstanding 24-hour support to individuals with enduring mental health conditions who may have additional forensic histories or substance or alcohol abuse difficulties.

PAMMS rating: Excellent

Our service

At Winnett Cottage, we excel in person-centred care. Our team works closely with the residents, their loved ones, and the multi-disciplinary teams to support them in identifying their individual goals and aspirations. Each resident is assisted in developing a clearly defined plan, which is regularly reviewed to help them achieve positive outcomes.

Residents supported

Many of our residents join us from prison or other mental health services, be it in-patient or other residential care homes, and may be subject to MAPPA (multi-agency public protection arrangements), MOJ (Ministry of Justice), CTO (Community Treatment Order), or probation conditions.

All our staff are highly experienced in looking after those with complex mental health needs and substance and alcohol addiction.

Residents are usually mobile.

Balancing independence with care

Winnett Cottage provides a vital ‘stepping stone’ to the community for residents working towards supported or independent living.

We can support residents with a high level of care, including providing personal care and meals and administering prescribed medication. However, our emphasis is on nurturing and encouraging each resident to gain independent life skills, such as learning to manage their medication, cook, gain budgeting skills, general self-care, and help individuals develop a positive outlook on life.

After spending time at Winnett Cottage, residents may progress to our supported living service at nearby Windsor House

Clinical support

Residents of Winnett Cottage have access to the community mental health team, and referrals can be made to the community Occupational Therapy and Speech and Language Therapy teams.

Activities programme

Residents of Winnett are free to come and go as they please (subject to any CTO or probationary conditions).

Individuals can choose to participate in community-based activities such as day trips, holidays, and gardening groups. They are encouraged to participate in meaningful activities provided by charities such as Mind and YMCA, which offer a full range of therapeutic and leisurely activities that our residents can continue using long after discharge.

We support residents who wish to engage in vocational training, volunteering, or paid work. We help them to identify and apply for appropriate opportunities and accompany them during their early steps until they are confident.

We also help residents organise housing and apply for benefits when ready to move into supported or independent living.

Residents enjoy socialising in our large garden and games room with a pool table, table tennis, dart board, games console, and fridge. They also enjoy in-house art and music workshops and fitness sessions run by Nouvita’s own personal trainer.


Winnett Cottage offers a lively yet homely environment, with a comfortable lounge, dining area, well-equipped kitchen, and a good-sized back garden. We have four bathrooms, and each room has its own sink and cabinet.

“Amy and the team do a good job in supporting my brother and meeting his needs in difficult circumstances ( he has complex mental health problems, and his behaviours are sometimes very challenging).”


Fortunate to be located in a pleasant, quiet residential neighbourhood, Winnett Cottage offers free parking, is just a short walk to a small parade of local shops, and has excellent bus routes into the town centre of Stevenage, with a greater variety of shops and restaurants.

While meals can be cooked and prepared for our residents, they have their own food cupboards and are encouraged and given a budget to cater for themselves.

Staff & Training

At Winnett Cottage, we are proud to have highly skilled staff, all of whom have been on the Winnett team for at least eight years. They have specialist skills to support individuals with mental health conditions, substance misuse, and challenging behaviour. Staff are provided advanced training on an as-needed basis to meet the specific needs of the residents they are supporting.

“Staff are always professional and always work in the best interest of the service user. I always hear good feedback about Winnett Cottage from both service users and their family members.”