Supported housing services are under more pressure than ever before and so it’s important that our local members of parliament are aware of the important place these services have within their local communities.

With this in mind, SallyAnn Lawrie recently invited her local MP, Sir Nicholas Soames, to visit one of the services she manages in Mid Sussex which supports vulnerable people.

The service offers both supported housing and visiting support to people across East Grinstead, Haywards Heath and Burgess Hill who may have mental health issues and other support needs. The visit was also a good opportunity to show how the service links in with the wider community rather than acting in isolation, and how it maintains strong connections with a wide range of other services in order to best support its customers.

Sir Nicholas visited the scheme in East Grinstead and was able to meet staff, customers and ex-customers and find out more about the positive work that the team does to work to help customers towards recovery and independence.

He was able to discuss his concerns around the support that young people with mental health were being offered along with issues his constituents were facing around housing pressures, rising private rents and mental health in general.

Along with the support provided within the scheme, Mr Soames was also pleased to note the engagement the service has with the Amber Project for which he highlighted he was a trustee and which the service has referred customers to.

All in all it was a very successful visit which will hopefully lead to continued support from Mr Soames for this kind of services in the future.