All local support

CGL (Change Grow Live) - East Sussex Domestic Abuse Service

We work with people who want to change their lives for the better and achieve positive and life-affirming goals.

We believe that everyone has the right to lead the best life they can. Our accessible services empower people to improve their health and wellbeing and take control of the direction of their lives.

Our areas of expertise include:

  • Substance misuse

  • Children and young people’s services

  • Family services

  • Accommodation & homelessness

  • Clinical services

  • Criminal justice 

Care for the Carers
01323 738390
Line opening hours (Closed now)
09:00 to 17:00, Monday to Friday
Highlight House,
St. Leonards Road,
BN21 3UH
Walk in hours (Closed now)
09:00 to 17:00, Monday to Friday

Are you a carer?

Do you look after a relative, friend or neighbour who couldn’t manage without your help?

If you provide unpaid support to a relative, partner or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or substance misuse problems, you are a carer.  You might feel that you’re doing what anyone else would in your situation; looking after your mum, son, or best friend and just getting on with it.

Care for the Carers is here to support you in your caring role.

Care for the Carers is an independent charity and have been supporting unpaid carers in East Sussex since 1989.

The team of staff and volunteers can provide free practical & emotional advice – face to face, by telephone, or online. They can put you in touch with other carers, and offer a range of groups, training and events across the county.

Counselling Plus Community
01424 428300
Line opening hours (Closed now)
10:00 to 19:00, Monday to Thursday

Counselling Plus is a charity which offers confidential counselling to people aged 16 years plus, in the local area, at such times of stress, change, pain or loss. One of our main aims is to provide an affordable service for those on low income or living on benefits.

We offer; one to one counselling, counselling for young people from age 16 years , specialist counselling for people who have been raped or sexually assaulted (referred by the Saturn Centre), specialist counselling for those affected by childhood sexual abuse, specialist counselling for people who have attempted suicide and those affected by suicide, anger management groups, couple counselling.

Cranstoun- East Sussex Families And Carers Team (FACT)
8 Saffrons Road
BN21 1DG
Walk in hours (Closed now)
09:00 to 17:00, Monday to Friday

East Sussex FACT (Families & Carers Team) supports families, carers and friends who are being affected by someone else’s substance misuse and mental health issues (dual diagnosis).

The service is for people who live in East Sussex. It is based in Eastbourne and holds groups in Eastbourne, Bexhill and Hastings. East Sussex FACT providers support through the following:

  • Information and advice

  • Signposting and referral to other services

  • Courses and workshops

  • One to one listening visits

  • Support groups

  • Outreach support through home visits

  • Social events and activities

  • Volunteering opportunities

Citizens Advice Witness Service

Giving evidence as a witness can be daunting and the court process can be complicated and difficult to understand. The Citizens Advice Witness Service provides free and independent support for both prosecution and defence witnesses in every criminal court in England and Wales.  

Citizens Advice Witness Service have specially trained volunteers to provide practical information about the court process as well as emotional support to help witnesses feel more confident when giving evidence.

They can:

  • provide information about the court process

  • show witnesses the courtroom ahead of the trial (called a pre-trial visit)

  • be there to talk to in confidence

  • accompany witnesses when they give their evidence

  • be there to give support on the day of the trial; at verdict and sentencing

  • help prepare witnesses who need extra support, this can be at their home or another safe place

  • help claim expenses

  • work with other agencies to make sure the right support is provided

  • refer witnesses to our partners, including local Citizens Advice after the trial for support with other issues