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Useful Links

We have put together some links to other organisations and websites where you may find additional useful information.

Please keep checking this page as we will be adding more and more links.

Kent Young Carers

Surrey Young Carers

West Sussex Young Carers

Young Carers Net

Carers Org

Carers Hub

Young Minds

Autism/Mental Health and related

Autism Sussex – (Battle)


Autism Sussex is a charity which exists to enable people with an autistic spectrum condition to receive the help and specialist support services they and their families need. We fulfil our mission by providing personalised support services which produce measurable, positive outcomes for those who use them and better long term value for money to those who fund them.

East Sussex 1space (Hailsham)


Offering support for family members affected by Autism including Parents, Carers and Siblings. This is a membership organisation and support offered includes: Parent / Carer  Support Groups, Parent Workshops, Siblings Workshops / Groups, Family Support Service website, Family Fun Days. Offered and organised from Autism Sussex locations: Arundel - Felpham - Crawley - Brighton - Hastings – Battle.

Sussex Partnership NHS Trust Org

Head office in Worthing, but covers all of Sussex


Provide mental health care and treatment for children and young people up to the age of 18 years across Hampshire, Sussex and Kent. We work with children and young people who are experiencing a range of emotional and mental health difficulties. We often work closely with families and carers as well as other services including schools, children’s social care and voluntary sector organisations who offer other types of help and support.

Spectrum – East Sussex

Tel: 01424 724700 – Email : Spectrum@eastsussex.gov.uk

Supporting young people aged up to 19 with Autism to access youth and leisure opportunities across the county.


ESDA – East Sussex Disability Association (Eastbourne)



ESDA is an organisation led by disabled people, where non-disabled and disabled people work together to promote the equality and full participation of disabled people in society. Through its activities and services, ESDA provides expert advice, information and practical support to disabled people in overcoming any barriers they encounter. Through ESDA's campaigns, forums, training, research and representation, the voice of disabled people influences the movement towards equal rights in society.

Sensory impairment – Children and Young People – East Sussex

Contact Tel: 01273 481154 Email: scsn@eastsussex.gov.uk

The Service for Children with Sensory Needs supports both hearing impaired and visually impaired children and young people, their families and teachers. We can provide support for your child from pre-school age to further education.

East Sussex Deaf Children’s society


Offer support, advice and information to parents, carers and others interested in helping deaf children.

After school clubs and holiday play schemes service for disabled children – East Sussex


Provide play sessions designed to engage, motivate, develop confidence and promote socialisation for disabled children. Offer a wide range of activities from Music to Cooking, Football to Drama. Contact local coordinators.

Health Issues support

Riprap (national but with local groups)

Main website is:  http://www.riprap.org.uk

Click on link below for general support groups (not necessarily just cancer related) in South of England


The site is developed especially for teenagers who have a parent with cancer. In Riprap, you can learn more about cancer and its treatment and through individual stories you can see how this might affect the teenager and their family. There is a discussion forum for the teenagers.

Substance abuse/addictions support

East Sussex Safer Communities Partnership

Umbrella organisation (part of eastsussex.gov.uk) which then has the Safe In East Sussex website (www.safeineastsussex.org.uk) with various links below for different issues:-

Alcohol - http://www.safeineastsussex.org.uk/alcohol-help.html

Drugs - http://www.safeineastsussex.org.uk/drugs.html

STAR – East Sussex Drug and Alcohol Recovery Service


Al Anon & Alateen

National but with local groups.

http://www.al-anonuk.org.uk/ - Al Anon

http://www.al-anonuk.org.uk/public/what-alateen - Alateen

For teenage relatives (12-17) and friends of alcoholics – Alateen is part of Al-Anon.

Under 19’s Substance Misuse Service

The Under 19’s Service delivers a range of specialist interventions to young people and their parents/carers whose lives are affected by substance misuse and/or alcohol. Covers whole of East Sussex

Contact Tel: 01323 464404 or email U19SMS@eastsussex.gov.uk

Think Drugs


Local website for Brighton, Hove and East Sussex with honest information about drink and drugs, and details of local services


National coverage.




National coverage. Targets younger people. Confidential national drugs helpline for substance users, families and friends

NHS Choices


Alcohol Anonymous

National coverage – search on link below for local group.


Narcotics Anonymous

National coverage – search on link below for local group


Cocaine Anonymous

National coverage. See 2nd link below for Sussex meetings



Know Cannabis

General info and test to assess person’s cannabis use and impact


Counselling & Bereavement support

Calm Farm (Counselling)


Calm Farm offers counselling services in Bexhill, Sidley, Hastings and Eastbourne. The counsellors each have specialist experience of working with children, young people and adults. Run a rapid response service at Calm Farm and will make sure a counsellor can see you for your first initial assessment within one week. Therapists can work with the child or young person individually or provide therapy for the family.

Martlets Hospice


Offers counselling advice to young people who have a parent with cancer. Covers Hove/Brighton

St Peter & St James Hospice and Continuing Care Centre


Counselling and support to young people who have a parent with cancer - you need to be referred by a GP or Consultant

Hospice in the Weald

Based in Pembury but provides support for North East Sussex


Support to young people whose parents have cancer in West Kent and North East Sussex 

Cruse (Bereavement support)


Cruse East Sussex is part of Cruse Bereavement Care, a national charity which provides, support and information to bereaved people of all ages. We provide support throughout East Sussex.