What it's like working with us

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Coronavirus update: Southdown needs you!

If you want to make a really big impact to the most vulnerable people in society, we would welcome you with open arms to the Southdown staff community – just send us your CV and let us know where you live. We can offer you an interview via a video calling service such as Skype.

You’ll be offered on the job training as well as e-learning, and we’ve just introduced a 2% pay increase for all staff. To apply for a role at this time, please email jobs@southdown.org, or telephone 01273 405800.

To apply for any of our other vacancies, please visit our Jobs section. Underneath each vacancy summary, there is a link to download the full job description, person specification and an 'apply online' button for when you're really to complete an application.

Our culture

We pride ourselves on having a hard working, diverse workforce and a supportive and respectful culture. We know if we support our employees and engage them in Southdown’s mission and values, we can deliver better services.

We employ over 850 people

Our employees work in a wide range of roles across Sussex. Our head office is based at Bell Lane in Lewes though many of our employees are based at 24-hour support services for people with learning disabilities or support people in their own homes and in community settings.

Employees often tell us they work harder for Southdown than in previous jobs but feel happier working for us. The strong ethical base that permeates through the organisation, along with the flexibility, inclusion and respect that employees experience, makes all the difference. We continually develop opportunities for our employees to stay engaged and involved.

Working at Southdown is about providing great care and support to our clients

It is also about employees as individuals; the qualities and skills they bring to their roles and the support, development and job satisfaction they expect in return. It's about sharing common priorities for improvement and embracing Southdown’s values, not only in supporting our clients but also respecting each other as individuals and working together as colleagues.

Employees who have lived experience of a disability are welcomed and make a valuable contribution, sometimes expressly because they do have this specialised experience.

We are flexible and supportive

This is reflected through the number of staff who have worked for us for over 10 years and the employer awards we have achieved. In 2017, we were awarded the Gold standard from Investors in People (an accolade only given to the top 2% of companies accreditated by Investors in People).

Our pledge to staff

At the core of our success is the commitment, passion and hard work of our staff. We work hard to recruit and retain skilled and caring individuals who hold the same values as Southdown and are committed to making a difference to the lives of vulnerable people in Sussex. In return, we aim to be the best employer we can be. We pledge to every member of our staff to:

  • offer good employment benefits and working conditions where everyone is treated fairly and with respect
  • create a welcoming, professional and enjoyable work culture that recognises individuals' input
  • invest in induction, training and supervision to ensure staff are skilled and supported to do their job
  • provide resources and organisational support services so staff can work effectively and efficiently
  • be a flexible employer so staff can enjoy a good work/life balance, and celebrate the contribution staff make to help us provide vital services for our clients

This is what our staff say about working at Southdown