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One Year On – Reflections from the Chair of our Board

When I took over as Chair in September 2022, it was all change! I was the longest standing Board member with three years’ experience; one third of the Board had only joined that month. In addition, there were two new subcommittee chairs – Helen Tuddenham (People, Pay and Culture Committee) and Simon Nunan (Audit and […]

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Southdown Named Top 30 Family-Friendly Employer in UK

We are delighted to announce that the national charity for working parents and carers, Working Families, has announced, for the eleventh year running, that Southdown has been awarded a place on its prestigious and competitive list of top family-friendly employers in the UK. Employers large and small from across the public, private, and third sectors […]

Affordable Housing Awards 2023

Shortlisted for Best Supported Housing Landlord and Landlord of the Year Awards

Shortlisted for Best Supported Housing Landlord and Landlord of the Year at the Affordable Housing Awards 2023.

Managed Migration

Changes to benefits; are you affected?

The government plans to move existing benefit claimants onto Universal Credit by 2029 through a process known as ‘Managed Migration’. Read more here.

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Southdown Steps: Rebuilding lives of former rough sleepers in Worthing

Jim Aspdin, our Director of Housing and Business Services, shares how we repurposed a recently closed learning disability service to provide a lifeline for rough sleepers in the area.  Bringing forward the supply of new supported housing is challenging – requiring the identification of revenue funding for the provision of support and matching this with a […]

East Sussex Community Mental Health Services

Recommissioning of Mental Health Support Services in East Sussex

Ahead of the recommissioning of East Sussex community mental health services in September, we wish to engage and develop relationships with potential partners, either to help us deliver services, or to align their current services with the new model.

Community mental health support

Fair funding and contractual arrangements for community mental health services

On behalf of the VCSE sector across Sussex, appointed Reps wrote to mental health commissioners to share the current challenges facing the sector.

Pauline Ford, Chair of Southdown's Board

Chair of Southdown’s Board pledges commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

The Chair of Southdown’s Board has pledged to create a vision with our board to become more equal, diverse and inclusive by signing the National Housing Federation’s Chair’s Challenge. 

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Working together to best support local communities across Sussex

We recently 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.