Pilot Scheme Helping Hospital Patients Transition To The Community Extended

We are proud to announce that our Discharge to Assess service, launched in November 2020, has been extended to March 2022.
Initially a six month pilot scheme, Discharge to Assess is based in Brighton and Hove and offers a managed transition for people moving from a hospital setting to the community who no longer need the higher levels of support and supervision provided on the ward.

Emotional Wellbeing Service

Mental Health Crisis Prevention Service Buildings Back Open!

We are pleased to announce that our Staying Well Space service buildings have reopened in all three locations – Brighton, Eastbourne, and Hastings, enabling clients to access our buildings to work independently on a self-care activity or project. Staff will be present to support clients should they require it.

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New ‘Health and Wellbeing service’ opens in Brighton & Hove and East Sussex

Launching from late November onwards, the Health and Wellbeing Service is a social prescribing service, working in partnership with GP practices across East Sussex and Brighton and Hove and Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.
The service will support people aged 18 or over who have a diagnosis of bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and psychosis, to improve their health and wellbeing following their free annual Physical Health Check (PHC) appointment. In East Sussex we will also support people to attend their PHC.

Artwork needed for Southdown’s Xmas ecard and 2022 Calendar – creative competition for Southdown clients and tenants

Last year, Southdown’s Christmas ecard (see above) was designed by clients in our Newhaven Supported Living Learning Disability Service following an invitation for clients across all of our Learning Disability Services to create a festive image.

Update on Home Works housing support contract in East Sussex

From the 23rd November 2021, the Home Works service we currently provide will transfer to BHT Sussex following their successful bid to provide a new five-year East Sussex Housing Related Support contract – a countywide housing-related floating support service for working age and older adults which will combine Home Works and the STEPS services run by Peabody and South East Independent Living Ltd.   

A fond farewell to our Deputy Chief Executive as she moves onto new ventures

After 25 years at Southdown, Vikki Hayward-Cripps, our Deputy Chief Executive, has decided to move onto new ventures and will sadly be leaving Southdown today at the end of this week, on the 22 October.
Neil Blanchard, our Chief Executive, has worked alongside Vikki at Southdown for 20 years.

Latest updates related to the Coronavirus

As the Coronavirus pandemic continues, we will be keeping this page up to date with the latest information on what Southdown is doing to protect the safety, health and wellbeing of our staff, tenants, clients and the wider community across Sussex. If you have any questions or concerns relating to Southdown services, please see the individual service updates (links below) or contact us by calling 01273 405 800 or email info@southdown.org.

New free courses added to Brighton & Hove Recovery College’s Autumn Term

Brighton and Hove Recovery College, offer educational courses as a route to recovery from mental health challenges. All their courses are FREE and designed and delivered by people with lived experience of mental health challenges, together with clinical staff and other professionals.
The College is provided in partnership with the Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and as part of the Community Roots network of mental health support. 

‘Good’ rating in our latest CQC Inspection

All our learning disability services are registered with, and regulated by, the Care Quality Commission (CQC). The CQC is an independent regulator for health and social care in England. It monitors, inspects and regulates services to make sure they meet fundamental standards of quality and safety. They publish what they find, including performance ratings, to help people choose care.

New ‘Substance Misuse Employment Service’ opens in East Sussex

Launching on 1st October 2021, the Substance Misuse Employment Service will support people receiving community treatment for drug and alcohol dependence who are unemployed and living in East Sussex.
The service is provided in partnership with Change Grow Live, and funded by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).
Stable employment is a key factor in reducing the effects of substance misuse on individuals, their families and local communities. This is achieved by:

Top 30 Family Friendly Employer

We are delighted to say that for the ninth year running, Southdown has been named in the top 30 Best Employers for Working Families.

‘Good’ CQC rating for our Supported Living Learning Disability Services

Prior to the covid-pandemic, we were required to register our 26 Supported Living learning disability services as single services with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) rather than grouped as one entity. As a result, each service needs to be individually inspected.
Following a hiatus due to the pandemic, the CQC has now inspected three of our services over the past nine months, all of which have been rated as ‘Good’.