Sheltered Retirement Housing for over 55’s

Are you aged over 55 and retired from work due to age or disability?

Are you looking for a safe, secure and affordable home for life?

If so, sheltered housing could be the answer.

Our self-contained flats, in Colchester and Clacton housing schemes with social and communal facilities, allow our residents to enjoy independent living whilst benefiting from the additional on-site support, including a 24 hour emergency Careline. 

Where could I live?

We have sheltered housing in Colchester, Clacton on Sea, Chelmsford, Heybridge, Tiptree, Brightlingsea and Manningtree.


We currently have flats for over 55s available in picturesque Manningtree. Based at Ironside Walk in Colchester Road, you would be close to the local amenities including a GP surgery, shops and close a major bus route. Our scheme is short car ride from the train station,  there are a cafe and a variety of social events organised by the residents.

Bunny enjoys the Sheltered retirement Housing in Colchester
Bunny Honeybun enjoys living at Ironside Walk

For more information please view our brochure Affordable Sheltered Housing Options for Older People or contact us on 01206 244700 or at

How to apply

To apply, please complete an Application Form.

We assess applicants support needs before offering sheltered retirement housing.

We also manage sheltered accommodation owned by Witham Housing Association. Please visit their website for more information. 

How long will it take before I am housed?

We regret that we cannot give any guarantees about how long it might take to be housed or whether we will be able to offer you housing at all.

We can only offer between 25% and 50% of available sheltered accommodation to our applicants on our direct waiting list. The remainder are offered to the local authority's housing register. 

If you have not done so already, we would suggest you contact your local authority to discuss all your housing options.

Oasis Cafe at Ironside Walk for the Sheltered retirement Housing in Colchester

Oasis cafe at Ironside Walk


We have three bungalow schemes especially for older people. Unfortunately, we are not accepting any new applications for these at the moment due to overwhelming demand. Any changes to this decision will be announced on our website. 

Joan ‘Queenie’ Allford, 89, lives at Alderman Howe Lodge, Colchester. 

She said:

“There is much more space and if I needed a wheelchair I could easily get it into the bathroom and walk into the shower. It is much nicer and brighter.”