Sussex communities

Working together to best support local communities across Sussex

Working together, in the best way possible, is important to us. As such, we sent a survey to commissioners of our services, our partners and the wider VCSE sector to ask for feedback on how we do things.

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Government seeks views on learning disability and autism training

In the media, you may have seen news on a Government consultation, launched today, on new learning disability and autism training being developed for health and care staff nationally. The training is named after Oliver McGowan, a young autistic teenager with a mild learning disability who sadly died after having a severe reaction to medication […]

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Raising awareness about learning disabilities and campaigning for fair funding

Throughout Learning Disability Week (19-25 June), we are highlighting incredible things people accessing our learning disabilities services achieve. We’re also campaigning, on behalf of the wider care sector, for fair funding for learning disability support in Brighton and Hove.       

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Supporting the Care, Support and Social Housing sectors as a local Councillor

Southdown’s Chief Executive, Neil Blanchard, publishes an open letter he sent to recently elected councillors in Brighton and Hove.

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Protecting the future of supported housing

Our Housing & Property Services Senior Manager has been successful in influencing housing law reform to protect the future of supported housing.

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Southdown Sign Up To Together With Tenants

Southdown signs up to the National Housing Federation’s initiative called Together with Tenants to improve and strengthen the relationship between residents and housing associations.

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Creativity and mental health take centre stage

As part of the Brighton city-wide Festival in May, our Wellbeing Hub at Preston Park is opening its doors to the local community to highlight how the arts can have powerful and lasting effects on health.

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Introducing Brighton & Hove Recovery College’s Summer term

Brighton and Hove Recovery College offer FREE educational courses and workshops as a route to recovery from mental health challenges. Courses and Workshops are 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 […]

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Southdown Responds To Decrease In Social Care Funding

In a white paper on adult social care reform published in December 2021, ministers pledged to invest “at least £500m over the next three years to begin to transform the way we support the social care workforce”. However, the Department of Health and Social Care said on Tuesday that plans for a “new care workforce […]

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Freedom To Speak Up Guardian Appointed

Southdown Board Member, Tara Osbourne-Wallace, has been appointed as Freedom To Speak Up Guardian as part of our commitment to a ‘speak up’ culture in the organisation. Tara tells us why speaking up is important and how employees, tenants, clients, family members and carers can raise any concerns they have through an independent channel: Southdown […]

Funding Awarded To Upgrade The Energy Efficiency Of Homes Across The Country

As part of a consortium of social housing providers, led by the UK’s largest housing association, Clarion Housing Group, we have been awarded funding to upgrade the energy efficiency of our supported housing across Sussex. In total, the consortium was granted £48.9million as part of the Government’s £3.8bn Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund (SHDF). The grant […]

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Board Members Visit Learning Disability Support Service

A few weeks ago, two Board members accompanied Southdown’s CEO, Neil Blanchard, to one of our Learning Disability Support services in West Sussex. Our Board comprises 12 people with many years of collective experience in strategic management, housing, health, and social care. They meet regularly to ensure that Southdown continues to run well, delivers on […]