New Partnership Manager recruited for Community Roots


A partnership manager has been recruited to lead on the delivery and development of Brighton and Hove’s Community Roots network of non-clinical mental health and wellbeing support.

After a competitive recruitment process, Rachel Carless (pictured) was appointed and started in the role on the 25th November 2019.

Rachel has extensive experience delivering environmental and social impact programmes and services, working in partnership with a variety of organisations. Most recently, she managed FareShare Sussex, a charity that re-distributes surplus food to charities.

With Community Roots not yet two months old (it was launched on 10th October 2019), Rachel’s priorities include embedding and promoting the new network so that people living across the city who need support for their mental health know what services are available and how to access them.

She will also be working alongside statutory clinical services and other providers to raise awareness of the initiative and to explore the potential to work in collaboration to promote more joined-up and effective mental health and wellbeing provision across the city.

Rachel says, “What excited me about the role and being part of Community Roots is the opportunity to work with so many inspiring and diverse organisations towards a common cause.

“I am looking forward to learning about the fantastic work going on to deliver mental health and wellbeing support in Brighton and Hove, and doing everything I can to help make a real difference to local people through this transformative network.”

Rachel added, "With a quarter of the population affected by poor mental health at any given time, Community Roots has the potential to make a real difference to the lives of people in Brighton and Hove, through effective prevention and early intervention.”

The Community Roots citywide network of mental health support is the first of its kind in Sussex, bringing together 16 separate organisations to strengthen, develop and integrate mental health support for different levels of need.

The network is provided by Sussex-based housing, care and support organisation Southdown, in partnership with Allsorts Youth Project, Assert, Brighton Women’s Centre, Cruse Bereavement Care, Fabrica, Friends, Families & Travellers, Grassroots, The Hangleton & Knoll Project, Mind in Brighton and Hove, Mind Out, Money Advice Plus, Trust for Developing Communities, Rethink, Switchboard and The Clare Project. It is funded by Brighton and Hove City CCG and Brighton and Hove City Council.

For more information about Community Roots call FREEPHONE 0808 196 1768 or visit You can also keep up to date with news and events happening across the network by following @bhcommunityroots on Facebook and @bh_roots on Twitter.