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.  

At Southdown we are committed to supporting people whilst keeping both our clients and staff safe by practicing good infection control. You can read our latest Covid-19 statement here.


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.


Join our team – we are currently recruiting volunteers

Have you ever experienced poor mental health? Have you ever cared for someone who has? Would you like the opportunity to improve your community?

We have a great opportunity for you to help us improve mental health and emotional wellbeing support across East Sussex by becoming a People in Partnership Volunteer

As a volunteer you will be invited to share your experiences alongside others. You can be involved in activities, events and projects within your community and you’ll be offered opportunities to attend planning and development meetings with decision makers.

Throughout your volunteering journey, you’ll be provided with support and training to develop your skills and ensure you feel comfortable in your role.

"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

If you would like to find out more (or to apply), please contact Mel Willson (Southdown Volunteer Coordinator) by email or phone on: / 07964 206828.

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Jo Finnemore
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07458 103143