"It’s nice to have a place of my own. It gives me the time to do what I want to do and it’s given me a sense of security"

Housing Support Client

He listens to what I need – it feels personal.

Volunteering is important to me. I love doing it.

I volunteer for the charity Friends of Crowborough Hospital, and we’ve just been awarded The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service. It is the highest award given to volunteer groups across the UK.

I feel proud!

I help set up and prepare the shuttle service for visitors between the supermarket car park and the hospital. I’ve been doing that for ten years.

It gives me something to do, keeps me out of the way! It gives me encouragement to see what’s going on, and helps me be socially engaged. It’s nice to see familiar faces and it gives me a chance to talk to people and have a sense of community.

I live in a studio flat – I’ve been there for 12 years. I’m a tenant of Southdown. I was lodging before and then stayed at a friend’s.

It’s nice to have a place of my own. It gives me the time to do what I want to do and it’s given me a sense of security. It’s nice to be able to lock my flat. You can sit back and relax when you’re on your own.

I received quite a lot of support from Southdown to help me live independently. My Housing Officer visits about once a month. He comes and talks to me about how I’m coping on my own. He’s very good. He listens to what I need – it feels personal. It’s always nice to talk to him.

It’s also good to have support from Southdown’s Property Services who get people like plumbers and locksmiths to come in and do the repairs while I’m there. They tell me what’s to be done and advise me. They’ve helped me with all my repairs.

I’m more confident with the support and that has helped me go out and volunteer and work. It’s improved my life. I’ll carry on volunteering.

 

We are a specialist housing provider and landlord for over 600 tenants and shared owners across Sussex. We provide different types of affordable housing from temporary accommodation to a long term home. As a supported housing landlord, we provide additional support for our tenants to help them manage their tenancy and maintain their home.

We have a dedicated Property Services Team that oversees all aspects of property maintenance and development. This includes repairs, refurbishments and coordinating health and safety property checks.