About Abbeyfield South Downs

Learn more about us and our Supported Living houses in East Sussex and Kent.

Enjoy independence, friendship and support in our houses

 

At Abbeyfield South Downs we offer a peaceful, friendly atmosphere in six sheltered houses for older people. Our mission is all about making life a little easier for our tenants, while helping to combat loneliness among older people.

We offer company, support, safety, good nutrition and independence – all in a homely environment, without the worry of maintaining a home. As a tenant you will enjoy as much company or privacy as you like, with the freedom to come and go as you wish.

We make it easy for you to live the retirement lifestyle that suits you. 

 

Our history

Abbeyfield South Downs came into existence in 2011 and was a merger of the then Brighton & Hove, Eastbourne and Sussex Weald Abbeyfield Societies. An integral part of the process was the donation of a further property from the national Abbeyfield Society.

In 2016, the Tunbridge Wells Society joined us and then in 2017, the Alfriston & District Society passed their house to us. In 2019, building work began on the redevelopment of our Holdenhurst site in Heathfield. 

The values and charitable objects of Abbeyfield South Downs are rooted in those of Richard Carr-Gomm, the noted 20th Century social reformer, who recognised and sought to address the impact of loneliness and isolation on individuals.

Our houses maintain a fundamental purpose that reflects Richard Carr-Gomm’s original approach. Our services are designed to provide a balance of privacy and company, as desired, by providing contact with others in a partly shared environment.

 

We have heritage at our heart

The Abbeyfield Society has been alleviating loneliness for over 60 years.


1955

Richard Carr-Gomm buys the first Abbeyfield House.

1962

Our organisation started as the Abbeyfield Eastbourne Society.

2011

Abbeyfield South Downs was formed by merging Abbeyfields in Eastbourne, Brighton & Hove, Heathfield and St Leonards on Sea.

2016

Abbeyfield Tunbridge Wells joined us.

2017

Abbeyfield Alfriston & District passed their house to us.

2021

We're still delivering exceptional support to help alleviate loneliness in older people in all our homes.

Meet our friendly team

The people behind Abbeyfield South Downs

Nolan Taylor

CEO

Nikki Moss

Operations Manager

Peta Lambird

Senior House Manager

Anna Young

Scheme Manager

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