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:

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

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:

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

If you're eligible you can pay for many community support services using your personal budget on a half-day or whole-day basis.