At the time of Care and Community and the closing of the County Asylum at Hellingly, a number of individuals found themselves unable to cope with life outside of an institutional setting and without sufficient support to sustain themselves in a community setting. Many became homeless and vulnerable and in need of advocacy and support. Seaview began as a truly community based response to expressed need and has continued to support people on the edges of society for a wide range of reasons.Today Seaview Centre and activities are funded from a mix of statutory funding, grants and charitable donations, and delivered with an open access approach to people experiencing a range of issues including: mental health, learning disabilities, substance misuse, physical disabilities social isolation, rough sleeping and homelessness.Seaview became a registered Charity in August 1985 and a Company Limited by Guarantee in September 1996.
Chief Officer- Dave Perry
Dave takes up post late Sept 2019 and is responsible for leading Seaview under the governance of Seaview's board of trustees. Dave has a background in mental health and substance misuse, and has worked in front line delivery and commissioning within both voluntary and statutory sector contexts.
Projects Manager- Sue Burgess
Sue supports the Chief Officer and the organisation, leading on specific projects and representing the organisation on several networks. Sue also provides oversight and support for our outreach programmes. She also offers support for the activities of the fundraising group Awareness for Action. Sue has worked for Seaview for many years and has a deep understanding of the organisation and its ethos having held different positions throughout the organisation. Sue also previously served a term for Seaview as a trustee. Sue is a qualified trainer and delivers all induction training for new Seaview staff and volunteers.
Wellbeing Centre Co-ordinator -Maggie Hawthorne
Maggie oversees the daily operations of the wellbeing centre services, providing support to the centre support workers as well as overseeing the kitchen and tea bar staff and volunteers. Alongside the Chief Officer she provides facilitative support to the Peer Development work of the RADAR – Refocus Develop Activate Recover- Team. This is a Peer led Recovery Team facilitating recovery groups and ideas.The Seaview Arts worker supports RADAR and sits within the wellbeing team.The Peer run Seaview Choir and clothing closet are also part of the Wellbeing centre.
Housing First Co-ordinator – Lyn Turner
Lyn leads the Housing First Project, facilitating and coordinating other workers and also providing case work support. Lyn also provides some oversight of our other housing support work and outreach programmes in collaboration with our Projects Manager
HR and Digital Officer – Laura Paterson
Laura has worked across a wide range of Administrative, HR and Research roles for a variety of voluntary sector organisations including SEAP, ESRA and nationally for the Association of Mental Health Providers for whom she facilitated the organisation of local patient consultations ahead of CQC inspections of mental health trusts.
Having previously led on our NHS Digital Pathfinder project she is currently interviewing and supporting Seaview service users for involvement with our Digital Health Project Reboot ensuring that the work is integrated across other Seaview teams, linking with partners.
Finance Manager – Christopher Whelan MAAT ACIE
Finance Officer – Amy Stringer
Central Admin – Yvonne Barnard
Senior Wellbeing Centre and Street Activities Worker – Samantha Fuller
Wellbeing Centre Worker - Emma Little
Wellbeing Centre Worker - Nathan Flores
Intensive Recovery 1-1 worker – Angela Nettles
RADAR Arts Worker - Rebecca Child
RADAR Worker (Gym, Peer Support Groups) - Rory Quigley
RADAR Worker (Arts)- Jodie Blake
RADAR Worker (Mental Health and Choir)- Eleanor Busby
Rough Sleeper Outreach Worker - Rebecca Black
Rough Sleeper Outreach and Street Activities Worker - Mick Hillier
Rough Sleeper Outreach and Street Activities Worker - Debbie Hutchinson
Intensive Flexible Housing Support - Julia Carey
Housing First Support - Riz Maslen
Housing First Support - Louise Tottman
Maintenance Worker- Paul Gladson
Cook and Kitchen oversight - Lynton Cole
BOARD of TRUSTEES
Governance responsibility for Seaview lies with the Board of Trustees. Some of these have supported Seaview for many years, and bring a wealth of experience to the work. They are:
- Anna Barnes - Chair - expertise in commissioning and service development
- Steve Sampson - Treasurer - expertise in charity accounting
- Brian Hick - expertise in churches and education
- Beckie Cooper - expertise in nursing and the housing sector
- Duncan Tree - expertise in policy and the voluntary sector
- Gary Rogerson - expertise in finance and law
- Sheila Bevis - expertise in education and schools
Rick Bevis - expertise in education and schools
Gabriella Pettit - Legal advisor to the board and to Seaview