Latest updates related to the Coronavirus

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As the spread of the Coronavirus continues across the UK, we will be keeping this page up to date with the latest information on what Southdown is doing to protect the safety, health and wellbeing of our staff, tenants, clients and the wider community across Sussex.
If you have any questions or concerns relating to Southdown services, please see the individual service updates (links below) or you can contact us by calling 01273 405 800 or email info@southdown.org.

Message from our Chief Executive, Neil Blanchard: 

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.

Since hearing about the pandemic, we have instigated a rapid and comprehensive response.

We have immediately put in place all best practice measures as advised by the Government, including implementing plans of social distancing for staff and clients and the protection of our most vulnerable clients within our Learning Disability Services.

All of our activities are overseen by our ‘Coronavirus Response Team’ which monitors developments and coordinates plans aligned to the changing situation.

Our key priorities, as we navigate the evolving situation, are:

1.         Protect the safety, health and wellbeing of all our clients, tenants, staff and their families

2.         Work flexibly and in collaboration with local authorities, NHS and other providers to ensure the safe delivery of services for the most vulnerable people within our communities

3.         Ensure that we have sufficient staff resources deployed across our learning disability services to continue to provide safe levels of care and support for our most vulnerable clients

4.         Continue to provide support and reassurance to all of our community support service clients even if we have to reduce face-to-face contact and close wellbeing venues

5.         Provide an effective emergency and urgent repairs service for our tenants, if needed

6.         Maintain core central services to support the running of the organisation and business and financial processes

For the latest government guidance, to find out what you can do to prevent the spread of Coronavirus and for advice if you think you might be infected or at risk, please visit the NHS website.

Information for our clients and tenants

If you are a client, tenant, or a family member of someone who uses our services, please see the links below for the latest information regarding the Coronavirus and individual services.

For details of the Government's temporary financial measures (as of 25/03/20) please click here.

Tenants

Click here for an update for Southdown tenants from Jim Aspdin, our Director of Housing.

Learning Disability Support Services

Our Learning Disability Support Services have robust plans in place and are working extremely hard to do what they can to protect the safety, health and wellbeing of our clients. If you have any questions relating to our Learning Disability Services, please call 01273 405 800 or email info@southdown.org.   

As more of our staff are required to self-isolate, absence is a growing concern though as many of our clients rely on one-to-one care and support, 24 hours a day, which staff have to be present to provide. To ensure we have enough staff over the coming weeks and months, we have a range of actions in progress, including escalating recruitment for Bank Workers and asking former Southdown Support Workers if they are able to re-join our team. If you are interested in joining our Learning Disability Services team, please email jobs@southdown.org or call 01273 405 800.

Housing and Homelessness Prevention Support

  • Community Moves (Brighton & Hove): Click here for more information.
  • Home Works (East Sussex): Click here for more information.
  • Housing Brokerage Service (Sussex): Click here for more information.
  • Southdown Homelessness Prevention & Mental Health Support Service (Brighton & Hove): Click here for more information.
  • West Sussex Services: Click here for more information.

Mental Health Recovery

  • Community Connectors (East Sussex): Click here for more information.
  • Community Roots (Brighton & Hove): Click here for more information.
  • The Lighthouse (Brighton & Hove): Click here for more information.
  • Peer Support Service (East Sussex Community Network): Click here for more information.
  • People in Partnership (East Sussex): Click here for more information.
  • Preston Park Recovery Centre (Brighton & Hove): Click here for more information.
  • Recovery College (Brighton & Hove): Click here for more information.
  • Staying Well Space (East Sussex Community Network): Click here for more information.
  • Thinking Well (East Sussex Community Network): Click here for more information.
  • Wellbeing Centres (East Sussex Community Network): Click here for more information.

Employment Support

  • Work and Wellbeing (Sussex): Click here for more information.
  • Work in Mind (East Sussex): Click here for more information.

Useful resources 

There is a wealth of information and online resources out there that you can tap into to support your own personal resilience, health and wellbeing as well as that of your family and loved ones. 

Over the coming weeks and months, we'll be using @SouthdownHA on Facebook and Twitter to share these resources - do follow us and share your own tips on what's working for you.

Stay safe and take care.