Wernham House

Wernham House is a residential and respite care accommodation service for adults who have alcohol and substance use problems and mental health issues.


About the service

Wernham House provides care, support and accommodation for 17 individuals, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with a dedicated team of Resettlement Workers. Longer-term placements as well as respite placements are provided, including crisis interventions.

It is built on four floors with a total of 17 bedrooms on the 1st to 3rd floor. Bathroom facilities are available on all the accommodation floors. Communal areas include a television lounge, dining area which can also be used as a meeting place, a smaller quiet room and laundry facilities. All meals are provided and dietary requirements can be catered for. There is a lift but the building is not adapted for wheelchair users.

Who we help

The service supports individuals who are aged 18 years and over who:

  • have alcohol related issues and may have associated mental health, challenging behaviour and health issues
  • may be experiencing difficulties in maintaining accommodation due to alcohol related issues and require a short period of respite care
  • may be unable to maintain a mainstream tenancy with the level of support available in the community.

How we help

Wernham House staff establish relationships with individuals based on respect, acceptance and personal value. The staff team seek to improve the situation of vulnerable individuals by providing person centred support and encouraging voluntary engagement. Each service user is allocated a named key worker and co-worker who will support, monitor and review individual action plans.

Service users at Wernham House are supported and encouraged to be as independent as possible.

The aim of respite care is to enable physical and mental health recovery and to assist the service user to return home better equipped to live independently in the wider community. Respite also offers carers the opportunity to have a break from the pressures they can experience.

The service has been a life changer for me and has really helped me get in control of my life for the better

Past Wernham House resident

How to access the service

Wernham House is accessed in agreement with Aberdeen City Council Social Work Integrated Alcohol Service.

All referrals will require a Single Shared Assessment (SSA) to be completed by Aberdeen City Council Social Work service.

The referrals will be forwarded to the management team at Wernham House and Senior Social Worker, Integrated Alcohol Services (IAS) who will work together to prioritise referrals and when there is a vacancy, decide on the admission.