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Southdown was established in 1972 and is one of the largest not-for-profit specialist providers of care, support and housing services for vulnerable people in Sussex. We are a robust and successful organisation supporting 10,000 people a year (approximately 640 of whom are tenants), employing over 1,000 staff and with a turnover of £26 million.
We have three operational divisions providing services in East and West Sussex, and in Brighton and Hove; the Community Support Services (CSS) division, the Housing division and the Learning Disability (LD) division. The CSS division provides a range of services, including: mental health recovery, housing related support, supported employment and peer support schemes. The Housing division acts as the landlord arm of the organisation. The LD Division provides accommodation and care, supported living and community support.
Our clients and tenants have mental health difficulties or learning disabilities or are people who are or have been homeless. A smaller number have addiction issues or sensory or physical disabilities. All are offered the support they need to live a more fulfilled and independent life.
Southdown has grown to become one of the largest voluntary sector employers in Sussex and has an excellent reputation for staff training and development. This is underlined by repeated Investor in People accreditation, achieving gold status in 2017. We also take Health and Safety extremely seriously; we're CHAS accredited and have held the British Safety Council’s International Safety Award since 2006.
Everything we do is driven by our core values, which are adopted and enacted day in, day out in all our services. Our value framework is endorsed by achieving a place in the Best Companies Top 100 Employers in the UK six times since 2008, being recognised as a Top 10 Employer for Working Families for seven years in a row since 2011, and by a number of awards including Stonewall, Disability Confident Employer, Mindful Employer and Tommy.