General Election 2024: importance of adequate funding for health and social care.

Ahead of the General Election 2024, our Chief Executive stresses the critical importance of adequate funding for health and social care.

Learning Disability Week 2024, ‘Do you see me?’

We asked colleagues and people we support through our learning disability services to share what the theme for Learning Disability Week, ‘Do you see me?’, means to them, and how it relates to their experience of Southdown and what we do.

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Finalist in National Learning Disability Awards!

Sam Wilson, manager at our Nyetimber Lodge supported living service in Bognor Regis, has been nominated as a finalist in the National Learning Disabilities and Autism Awards 2024.

Board Member Shares Fond Farewell

Board member, Michelle Baker, shares a fond farewell to Southdown as she takes on a new position at the Regulator of Social Housing. ”Southdown holds a special place in my heart. I vividly remember the nerve-wracking wait for my board member interview back in 2022. While sitting in reception, I noticed all the accessible documents […]

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Artists Come Together for Mental Health

Throughout May, members of the public are invited to visit our Wellbeing Hub at Preston Park during the weekends to enjoy art created by clients who use this vital mental health service. The Artists Open Houses Festival is a much-loved fixture in the Brighton and Hove calendar and an opportunity for local artists to demonstrate […]

Introducing our refreshed UOK website

To mark Mental Health Awareness Week, the team at Southdown is delighted to share a refreshed website for the UOK network of mental health support across Brighton & Hove..

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A Statement Responding To Proposed Changes To Disability Benefits System

Many of you will have heard the recent speech from the Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak, on his intent to “reform the disability benefits system”, proposing changes to welfare benefits, fit notes, and work capability. We understand that this has caused a lot of worry for people in terms of what that means for their future […]

Southdown Partnership Leads for UOK

Introducing Southdown’s Partnership Leads for UOK

Our Communications Manager sat down with our Partnership Leads for UOK East Sussex and Brighton & Hove to find out more about their roles and the UOK network of mental health support.

Southdown Mental Health Support Coordinators celebrate launch of UOK East Sussex on Hastings seafront.

Southdown Launch Five-Year UOK East Sussex Partnership

Southdown launch five-year UOK East Sussex partnership with East Sussex County Council to promote good mental wellbeing and improve access to support.

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Southdown’s 2024 Pay Award

We are really pleased to announce that we will be increasing our base rate pay from April 2024 to continue paying our colleagues above the Real Living Wage. This pay rise will be for all our colleagues and means we can continue to be a leader in the local care sector. From the 1st of […]

The NHS needs to think differently about working with others

A new agreement in Sussex sets out how the NHS and VCSE sector will work together to meet mental health, learning disabilities and neurodiversity needs. Neil Blanchard and Dr Jane Padmore describe the new compact between Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector: Some would say the NHS […]

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Working together to protect the future of local learning disability services

Sussex providers of learning disability services join forces to highlight issues and campaign for future sustainability of support.