New ‘Substance Misuse Employment Service’ opens in East Sussex

Posted on 28 September 2021

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:

  • Allowing an individual to work towards or achieve financial independence
  • Allowing an individual to reach their full potential
  • Lessening the chance of relapse

Support is available for people aged 18 or over, living in East Sussex who are receiving treatment from Change Grow Live. Referrals are accepted from Change Grow Live East Sussex teams only.

Lisa Kirby, Service Lead for our Employment and Learning says:

“This new service will be managed by Adam Hodgkin, Team Manager for our East Sussex Employment Services. It’s a small service with just three workers who will work closely with Change Grow Live (CGL) to ensure people in need access support provided. CGL has two offices based in Eastbourne and Hastings but the service does accept referrals for people living across the whole county.”

Click here to find out more about Southdown’s Substance Misuse Employment Service.