Southdown Homelessness Prevention & Mental Health Support Service (Brighton & Hove)
Homelessness Prevention and Mental Health Support
Previously known as Community Links and Community Connections, the Southdown Homelessness Prevention and Mental Health Support Service provides short-term, flexible support to prevent homelessness and improve people's mental health and wellbeing.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Statement
A message to our clients:
During these uncertain times we would like to reassure you that we are still operating and are here to support you.
“During these unprecedented and rapidly changing times, the health and wellbeing of our staff, clients and wider local communities, is at the very forefront of our plans to respond to the coronavirus public health major incident.” - Neil Blanchard, Chief Executive - Southdown
We will be adhering to the social distancing advice set out by the government. This means that we will be offering telephone support rather than face-to-face support until further notice.
If you are a current client of this service, your worker will be in regular contact with you by telephone.
In the meantime, if you have any urgent questions about your support, or have a new enquiry about our service, please contact Roland Williams by calling 07827 968840 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Please visit the NHS website for the latest advice on what to do if you think you might be infected or at risk, and how you can prevent the spread of coronavirus.
Click here to read the latest message from Southdown’s Chief Executive.
We would like to wish you and your family well and we will update this page when our telephone support model changes.
Information for referrers:
At this stage of the Covid-19 pandemic, Southdown Homelessness Prevention & Mental Health Support Service (Brighton & Hove) is still taking referrals and processing these in the usual way.
All our staff are equipped to work remotely and those who are available to work, will continue to provide support. The majority of support will be delivered via telephone, email, messaging and other electronic means.
Where face-to-face support is absolutely essential, in agreement with managers, staff will endeavour to provide this, whilst following stringent social distancing and infection control measures.
All face-to-face meetings, both external and internal have been cancelled, in line with government guidance, but all working staff are contactable via email and phone as per usual.
This is an evolving situation and we will adapt to emerging need as this develops, and keep you updated on our service offer and operation.
If you have any queries, please feel free to get in touch with Roland Williams to discuss by calling 07827 968840 or emailing email@example.com
We can help in a range of ways:
- Support to prevent eviction by working with landlords and housing agencies
- Help and support to find new accommodation
- Support with budgeting and welfare benefits
- Understanding responsibilities and rights as a tenant / home owner
Mental Health Support
- Support to build self-confidence, reduce isolation and improve mental wellbeing
- Help to develop links with community agencies and groups
- Substance misuse support
- Help to access health services
- Help to access employment and learning opportunities
- Support for families and carers
How does the service work?
You will be offered an informal one to one with one of our team to discuss your situation and how we can help. We will then work with you to create an action plan tailored to your needs. We will review your plan regularly and reduce support as goals are achieved.
Am I eligible?
This is a free service for adults aged 18 and over living in Brighton and Hove who are at risk of homelessness, need support to secure or sustain their accommodation and/ or have an identified mental health need.
How do I apply?
We accept self-referrals and referrals on behalf of individuals from services and organisations across Brighton and Hove, including Supported Housing providers, Health Trusts and GPs.
To make a self-referral please call us on the number below. To make a referral on behalf of an individual please download the referral form (see below) and once completed email it to us using the details provided.