A young white woman with her hair tied back is standing in the kitchen. She is holding a white mug. The window is behind her.

I feel less stressed

“I have more time to do stuff for myself”

Since I’ve been here, I’ve got more time to do what I want to do and what I want to get done.

I do diamond painting. We use beads and a pen to make a diamond painting. It usually takes eight weeks or more to make one. It controls my anxieties and it gives me something to do when I’m not online.

It’s alright in the communal area. I do stuff with people down here sometimes. When it’s too hectic, I like to go to my own room.

I can have a bath when I want one. I have more time to do stuff for myself. I feel less stressed.

A young white woman is sitting at a table looking at her diamond painting artwork

Southdown manages supported living services across Sussex. Supported living is where an individual owns or rents their own home and has control over how they live their life. Accommodation and support is provided separately. It can be very different for different people. For one person, supported living might be a few hours of support a week to enable them to live independently by themselves in a rented flat. For another it may be around the clock support in a shared house or self-contained flat.