Hidden away on the hill tops of Brighton is the Sussex Beacon, a tranquil oasis of peace and calm that becomes a sanctuary for their service users. The Sussex Beacon was founded 25 years ago as a hospice during the HIV epidemic in the UK when there were very few effective treatments available. Today the Sussex Beacon has transformed into a place of hope for people living with or are being affected by HIV. The Sussex Beacon is able to provide their clients support through HIV.
Brighton has the highest prevalence of HIV outside of London.
The Sussex Beacon is a fantastic charity that provides specialist care and support for people living with HIV. They provide a range of services including 10 inpatient beds, day centres twice a week for outpatients, and monthly women and family support groups.
They primarily support service users who are newly diagnosed HIV+, suffering from drug and/or alcohol abuse or are ageing and therefore have complex needs having survived the early days of hopeful HIV treatments.
The Sussex Beacon also runs a peer mentoring scheme, offering newly diagnosed service users the chance to talk to someone who has experience of living with HIV.
The Sussex Beacon a unique charity that provides the only service of its kind in the South.
The Sussex Beacon utilise the food from FareShare Sussex to feed 25-30 people dropping by for lunch and also their inpatients’ dinner every day. Some service users undergoing treatment may not have eaten properly for weeks so The Sussex Beacon makes it their duty to ensure that their service users have access to a healthy and nutritious meal while they are there.
“We couldn’t do it without FareShare. We just wouldn’t be able to serve food.”
Read more about our intern Charlotte’s visit to The Sussex Beacon here.