Community support services
Community support services are provided to people with care and support needs on a one-to-one basis or in small groups.
Services aim to help you to become more confident and independent at home and in the community. This is done by supporting you to stay active, learn new skills, practice a hobby, or become more confident when you travel or socialise.
We offer these services through specialist organisations.
How it works
Community support services can help people with care and support needs in a number of ways, for example, by:
- providing social contact to reduce loneliness – find things to do near you and transport details on the It's Local Actually website
- offering care at home to give carers a break
- supporting you in your home to recover after an illness or accident
- taking you shopping
- helping you to cook at home
- assisting you to communicate
- providing personal care
- training you to be confident to travel independently via the ‘travel buddy’ scheme or with one-to-one support.
The Care and Support in Brighton & Hove leaflet (PDF 1.52MB) lists many organisations that can provide support to older people and people with a disability.
For people with mental health needs
- Sussex Oakleaf offers services across Sussex to people who have mental health needs, a personality disorder diagnosis and people who are at risk of homelessness
For people with sight loss or hearing loss
- About Me supports people with a sensory impairment who also have a learning disability, physical disability or mental health needs
- Action on Hearing Loss has an interactive map which helps you find hearing loss support in your area
- Sussex Deaf Association offers community support from the Brighton Deaf Centre and runs clubs in Brighton offering trips and leisure activities
For people with a physical disability
- Scope provides support for people with a range of physical and learning impairments. They can help with meeting up with friends, going to clubs, everyday tasks like shopping or attending college to develop skills and have great experiences
- Possability People offers a range of services to help you live independently.
For people with a learning disability
- Grace Eyre offers opportunities for fun and enjoyment with activities like film making, knitting, drama and singing. They also organise visits to local attractions, participation in community events and have access to community facilities.
- Frances Taylor is an organisation offering budgeting advice, help to fill in forms and support to visit places of interest
- Mencap provides many community support services, for example, training, advice, leisure activities and employment opportunities. Get the Brighton Mencap branch contact details
- Southdown Housing offers a range of tailored community-based services. These include care and support for people with learning and physical disabilities and community-based mental health recovery services
- Scope provides support for people with a range of physical and learning impairments. They can help with meeting up with friends, going to clubs, everyday tasks like shopping or attending college to develop skills and have great experiences.
For people with autism
Autism Sussex provides a wide range of support to adults with Autism Spectrum Conditions living in Brighton & Hove. This includes support in the individuals’ home and in a residential or supported living environment to develop daily living skills, leisure and social skills, among others.
For people with acquired brain injury
- Headway – Headway Hurstwood Park provides day care and outreach services for people with an acquired brain injury
- Swanborough Services - Raphael Medical Centre provides intensive rehabilitation services in individuals’ homes or in one of the supported living houses as well as holistic treatments and therapies.
Other service providers
Community support services can also be provided or arranged by:
- Personal Assistants
- Possability People a local user-led organisation for people with a disability
- the Support with Confidence scheme - provides a list of approved businesses and/or individuals providing care and support services
- community meals - helping you get meals delivered to your home
Arrange and pay for services
Always ask about costs when you're looking for community support. Some activities and support are free to access, others have costs attached. These costs vary. Most can be bought by the hour or by the session.
If you or your family, friends or carers think that community support services might meet your needs then we can arrange an assessment.
An assessment will help us to find out if you meet the eligibility criteria for support and financial assistance if you:
- live in Brighton & Hove
- are 18 years old or older
- Find out more about venue-based day services for people with a range of needs including learning disability, acquired brain injury and dementia.