People in Partnership (East Sussex)

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Helping shape mental health support and provision across East Sussex

We want everybody with mental health challenges, their families and carers to have the opportunity to help shape the experience and quality of mental health support and provision across Hastings, Rother, Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford.

We work alongside the community to involve them in the design and delivery of services (across primary care, secondary care, crisis and acute).

We also work with mental health providers and organisations, supporting them to engage with their local communities to develop support tailored to the needs of the local area.  

Have your say – Local Mental Health Action Groups

Do you have lived experience of mental health challenges? Do you care for somebody with mental health challenges?

If yes, we would love to invite you to share your experiences and have your say on mental health provision in your area.   

Alongside our Strategic Representatives, we host 'Local Mental Health Action Groups’ at Southdown’s Wellbeing Centres across East Sussex and venues within the local community.

The Local Mental Health Action Groups provide opportunity to share your thoughts, experiences and ideas on mental health provision in your local area. Following each meeting, your ideas, views and feedback will be shared with mental health providers and organisations to support future service developments.

The meetings are held quarterly in Hastings, Bexhill, Hailsham and Eastbourne. Everybody is welcome. In particular, we would like to encourage minority and under-represented groups and people to come along to ensure the whole community is involved.

Coronavirus Statement (11th January 2021)

Due to the Covid restrictions introduced last year, we changed the way we deliver Local Mental Health Action Groups and PiP Events to best protect the safety of our volunteers and staff.

In place of face-to-face meetings and events, our team have been helping shape mental health support and provision across East Sussex through online means. This is reviewed regularly in line with the Government Covid-safety guidance and when there are any changes to the support we provide, we will update this page.

Working in partnership with our volunteers and local organisations who deliver mental health and emotional wellbeing support, we have provided activities using online platforms such as Survey Monkey, Zoom and Google Meet. We also release regular updates to our network of partners and have been creating eZines to showcase the work of Southdown’s East Sussex Mental Health services.

We have ongoing meetings for our PiP projects and regularly circulate the dates of these meeting to our network of partners and on our social media pages. This includes our Digital Inclusion Partner Discussion Group, where we are working with external partners to enable more people to get online and stay online. These groups provide an opportunity for partners to share challenges and solutions as well as service updates.

Please contact for further information, or call us on 01323 340151.

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Join our team – Volunteer Strategic Representatives

We are currently recruiting for ‘Strategic Representatives’ to join our team.

Together, we work with the community to actively involve them in service delivery and design and empower them to participate and engage in service development and decisions.

You will be the ‘eyes and ears’ of mental health provision, sharing the issues and information gathered with partners and commissioners. Through ongoing training, meetings and developing strong support networks, you will also engage and empower communities to help shape and improve services and care pathways. 

"I see my role as a Strategic representative as a bridge or connection between the mental health community; those with lived experience of mental health issues, their carers, commissioners, providers. As such, I and other Strategic Representatives attend meetings, consultations/ focus groups, events and workshops as necessary depending on our experience and interests. I am proud to be Strategic Representative with People in Partnership and to be involved in using my experience to make a difference." - People in Partnership Strategic Representative

For more information on becoming a ‘Strategic Representative', download the advert below or contact us using the details shown below. 

Latest news

For the latest news and updates about our work and upcoming events take a look at our newsletter, which you can download below.  

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  • People in Partnership team
  • People in Partnership's Catherine with colleague from Southdown's Wellbeing Centres
  • People in Partnership stand at Eastbourne event
  • People in Partnership Team at Hastings event
  • People in Partnership Team at World Mental Health Day 2019 event
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Contact Details

Michelle Trunchion
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People in Partnership Manager
01323 340 151/ 07772 613 945

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