The Sussex Beacon provides hospital care and health management services for people living with HIV in Sussex. The charity’s aim is to support the most vulnerable in our community to live well with HIV whether they are recovering from medical treatment, getting help with new medication or seeking mental health support, the services work together to address the physical, psychological, and social impact of living and ageing with HIV.
What Services Do The Sussex Beacon Provide?
Their 10 bed Hospital provides treatment and rehabilitation for a range of HIV associated conditions like secondary cancer, substance abuse detox and dementia; our nursing and care team also provide physiotherapy, occupational therapy and end of life care when needed.
Their Health Management Services empower and support people to manage their own health, build resilience and reduce isolation. This is done through a variety of services:
Peer Mentoring - This takes place either on a one to one or group basis and involves people with similar experiences supporting each other to make a positive difference in their wellbeing.
Women & Families Support - The Sussex Beacon offers a women only support group as well as groups and case work for family members and fathers living with HIV all aimed at improving confidence through advice, peer support and reducing social isolation and stigma.
Mindfulness & Wellbeing - The charity offers mindfulness courses and wellbeing workshops aimed at managing low mood and chronic pain. They also run a positive fitness class with regular health talks and advice about diet and nutrition to address the challenges of ageing with HIV or side effects from medication.
Day Service - Offering peer support and one to one casework for men living with HIV with a focus on improving mental health, ageing with HIV, building support networks, and providing information about health issues.
The Sussex Beacon’s casework is flexible, can be tailored to individual needs and can include support with social issues such as poor housing, managing finances, immigration and employment. They work in close partnership with other healthcare providers, clinics and patients themselves to make sure that their services remain relevant to the changing needs of people living with HIV.
This December, we’re supporting The Sussex Beacon in our charity poll. You can help them win 20% of this month’s profits by casting your vote for them today! To find out more about the charity and their work, visit their website: https://www.sussexbeacon.org.uk/.