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Signposting & Support: Brighton & Hove 



Royal Sussex County Hospital (RSCH), Brighton

Book your care with UHSussex Maternity services online via self-referral. Get information & advice on your pregnancy.


RSCH Maternity is in the Thomas Kemp tower. The Early Pregnancy Unit (EPU), antenatal clinic and Day Assessment Unit (DAU) are on Level 11, triage and the postnatal ward are on level 12 and the labour ward is on level 13. Sussex House is where antenatal clinics and scanning appointments take place.

Royal Sussex County Hospital, Eastern Road, Brighton, BN2 5BE

Switchboard 01273 696955

Maternity Triage (24/7) 01273 664793

Day Assessment Unit 01273 696955 (extn. 4392)

Antenatal clinic 01273 69695 (extn. 4393)

Postnatal ward 01273 696955 (extn. 4107)

Community midwives 01273 664794

Trevor Mann Baby Unit (TMBU) (at The Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton)

TMBU has three nurseries for special care, high dependency care and intensive care. The unit also cares for babies who need surgery.

The TMBU is located on the 14th floor of the Thomas Kemp Tower Block.

Royal Sussex County Hospital, Eastern Road, Brighton, BN2 5BE

Switchboard 01273 696955

Direct line: 01273 523450

Outpatients: 01273 696955 (extn. 64195 or 64188)


Royal Alexandra Children's Hospital (at The Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton)

The Royal Alexandra Children's Hospital is a children's hospital located within the grounds of the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton, East Sussex. Children’s A&E is based here.

Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital, Eastern Road, Brighton, BN2 5BE

Phone: 01273 696955

Birth Stories

Birth Stories Is an opportunity to understand events, talk through your feelings about your birth, raise any concerns with care provided also discuss any implications for a subsequent pregnancy or labor.

Parent Advice and Liaison Service (PALS)

The Patient Advice and Liaison Service, known as PALS, has been introduced to ensure that the NHS listens to patients, their relatives, carers and friends, and answers their questions and resolves their concerns as quickly as possible. PALS also helps the NHS to improve services by listening to what matters to patients and their loved ones and making changes, when appropriate.

Phone: 01273 664511 / 0273 664973


Post: PALS RSCH Eastern Road Brighton BN2 5BE

(Mon - Fri 10am - 3pm) 

Local Maternity & Neonatal System (LMNS)

Sussex Local Maternity and Neonatal System (LMNS) are here to support maternity service teams and service users across Sussex. We are working to improve safety, develop our choice and personalisation services whilst transforming our digital offering.

Peresonalsed Care & Support Plan

It is not part of your official maternity record, but a place to note down your thoughts and feelings as you progress through your pregnancy journey. Your midwife may give you a printed version of this booklet in your booking appointment, or you can download and print a copy from here. You might want to share it with your family, partner, or support person, it’s up to you. You can also bring it with you to your midwife/doctor appointments, so you can discuss any questions you might have with a medical professional.

General local support

General Local Support

Health Visiting Service

You will have regular contact with your health visiting team from your baby’s birth to your child reaching 2 years old including all the important milestones along the way.

Brighton & Hove:

Phone: 01273 266000

Text: 07507 331296


Family Information Service

The Family Information Service is part of the Front Door for Families. You can get information about local services for families, childcare and childcare funding. Including- advice for separated parents, local support for your family, new to living in Brighton & Hove, financial help, food and energy costs, money, debts and benefits, grant and funding applications for essential items & getting into work and training.

Phone: 01273 293 545 to speak to an adviser

Helpline is open Mon - Fri 9:30am-1:30pm

Front Door for Families

Front Door for Families provides support and guidance for parents, carers, members of the public, young people and professionals.


Phone: 01273 290400 during working hours

(Mon - Thur 9am-5pm, Fri 9-4.30pm)

Outside of our working hours please contact the Emergency Duty Service on 01273 335 905 or 01273 335 906.

Healthwatch Brighton & Hove

We're the independent champion for those using health and social care services in Brighton & Hove. We are here to make sure that those running local health services, and the government, put people at the heart of care.

Bright PIP

BrightPIP’s vision is to change the future for vulnerable babies, one baby at a time in Brighton and Hove.

Brighton Parent Infant Psychological Therapy
Moulsecoomb Children’s Centre, Hodshrove Lane, Brighton, BN2 4SE

Phone: 01273 291670


Mothers Uncovered

Award-winning charity empowering mothers since 2008. Pioneering creative support groups run by mums for mums in matrescence

Brighton Women's Centre

We’re Brighton Women’s Centre and we’ve been supporting self-identifying women in Sussex for over 45 years. We help women from all backgrounds, facing all kinds of issues, to live happier lives.

22 Richmond Place, Brighton, BN2 9NA


Warm / safe places for Winter 

Find a warm place this winter during the cost-of-living crisis

Pelican Parcels

We take pre-loved and new item donations for babies and children up to age 12, and redistribute them to families facing financial hardship via various existing family services in Brighton & Hove and Sussex

Unit 9, East Industrial House, Conway St, Hove, BN3 3LW



Single parent support charity - Need help and support? Get advice from Gingerbread today.

Helpline: 0808 802 0925

Voices in Exile

Supporting refugees, asylum seekers and those with no recourse to public funds

Fitzherbert Centre, 36 Upper Bedford Street, Brighton, BN2 1JP

Reception: 01273 328598 (Mon-Thur 9-4pm)

Advice line: 01273 082105 (Thur 2-4pm)


Sussex-Based Charity Supporting Those Affected by Domestic Abuse

Helpline: 01273 622 822

(Mon - Tue 9.30 -12.30pm and Wed 5-7pm)


If you are looking for specialist LGBTQ+ support, email

Doula UK (non-profit)

Doulas support the whole family to have a positive experience of pregnancy, birth and after the birth of a baby. The Doula Access Fund provides free support during pregnancy, labour and after the birth of a baby to those experiencing disadvantage and financial hardship.  Each applicant is referred to us by a health care professional, social worker or charitable partner.

Infant feeding support

Infant Feeding Support

Feeding Support at UHSussex

Flying Start
Six conversations about feeding and caring for your baby to help them get off to the best possible start.

Brighton & Hove Community Breastfeeding Support

Our purpose is to improve feeding experiences and population health by providing specialist breastfeeding support to families, guidance to health professionals and by developing the HCP infant feeding community, including the peer support programme.

La Leche League

We provide mother to mother, parent to parent breastfeeding support at meet-ups across Great Britain.

Clara Coppola: (248) 660-5334

Facebook group:


Food Banks & Other Food Support

Brighton & Hove Food Partnership

The Brighton & Hove Food Partnership puts food at the heart of all we do. Growing food, cooking and eating are great ways to improve people’s lives. Our committed team of staff & volunteers deliver a range of food projects which have helped over 15,000 local people learn to cook, grow their own food, eat a healthier diet and waste less.

Address: Brighton & Hove Food Partnership, Community Base, 113 Queens Road, Brighton, BN1 3XG

Phone: 01273 234810


Healthy Start Vouchers

Get NHS help to buy food & milk

Apply online or phone:


Phone: 0300 330 7010 (Mon - Fri 8am-6pm)

Food Banks

There are various food banks throughout Brighton and Hove. They can help you by providing essential food and toiletry items for a period of time (this varies by food bank). Most can also provide details of other support routes such as debt advice, cookery courses etc. Please note, some require referral, for example by a health professional. Please see websites/contact for more details on their opening hours.


Clarendon Food Bank

Address:  47 New England Street, BN1 4GQ

Phone: 07706 324851



Brighton Food Bank

Address: Stanley Road, BN1 4NJ

Phone: 01273 609484 option 2



Bevendean Food Bank

Address: Church Hall, Norwich Drive, BN2 4LA

Phone: 07449 464695


Hollingdean Food Bank

Address: St Richard’s Church, Beal Crescent, BN1 7BU

Phone: 01273 562948



Woodingdean Food Hub

Address: Holy Cross Church, 2 Downsway, Woodingdean

Phone: 07876 404004



Whitehawk Food Bank

Address: St Cuthman’s Church, BN2 5HE.

Phone: 07941 397648




Portslade Food Bank

Address: Portslade Town Hall, Victoria Road, BN41 1YF.

Phone: 07789 765933


Hangleton and Blatchington Food Bank,

Address: St George’s Hall, Court Farm Road, BN3 7QR

Phone: 07990 631892


Salvation Army Foodbank

Address: 159 Sackville Road, BN3 3HD

Phone: 07551 572205


Villas Food Bank

Address: 21/23 Clarendon Road, Hove, BN3 3RE

Phone: 07548 835610


Community Food Shops

The Brighton & Hove Food Partnership puts food at the heart of all we do. Growing food, cooking and eating are great ways to improve people’s lives. Our committed team of staff & volunteers deliver a range of food projects which have helped over 15,000 local people learn to cook, grow their own food, eat a healthier diet and waste less.

Brighton & Hove Food Partnership, Community Base, 113 Queens Road, Brighton, BN1 3XG

Phone: 01273 234810


Community Fridges (no referral needed)

Community Fridges are where you can access free food that would otherwise have gone to waste.

Old Boat Corner

Mon - Sun 9am-5pm

Address: 172 Carden Hill, Brighton BN1 8GN

Phone: 01273 540779


Collection only 

Weald Community Fridge 

Thur 10am-12noon and Sun from 10am for around an hour 

Address: Weald Allotments, Hove BN3


Collection only 

Sussex Surplus

Community Meals: Thur 12.30pm-2.30pm

Community Fridge Tue - Thur 10am-4pm

Address: Bristol Estate Community Room, Donald Hall Road, Brighton

Phone: 01273 675 741


Fresh and ambient food for collection from community fridge or weekly shared community meals.

Drop in welcome

Collection only, limited delivery for East Brighton residents

The Real Junk Food Project 

The Real Junk Food Project Brighton intercept food waste to turn into healthy meals to serve to the community, on a 'pay as you feel' basis.

St Luke's Church Prestonville 

Tue - Wed 12.30pm-2pm

Address: 64 Old Shoreham Road, Brighton, BN1 5DD

The Gardener Cafe 

Thur  - Sun 12noon-4pm

Address: 50 Gardener Street 

Hollingdean Community Centre 

Thur 12.30pm-1.45pm

Address: Bristol Estate Community Room, Donald Hall Road, Brighton


Chomp is passionate about supporting families who find themselves in challenging circumstances. We are building a community through our school holiday lunch programme and follow-on initiatives, where family members are empowered with the life skills and confidence to make aspirational decisions for their lives.

One Church Brighton, Gloucester Place, Brighton, BN1 4AA.



Free food and food sharing App - Download from your phone from the app store

Too Good to Go

Eat Well, fight food waste - Download from your phone from the app store


LGBTQIA+ Support

Mind Out

A local mental health service run by and for LGBTQ+ people with experience of mental health issues

Community Base, 113 Queens Road
Brighton BN1 3XG

Phone: 01273 234839



We offer a range of services to support members of the LGBTQ community and their families.


Sussex-Based Charity Supporting Those Affected By Domestic Abuse ,

Helpline: 01273 622 822

 Mon - Tue 9.30am - 12.30pm / Wed 5pm - 7pm. 


If you are looking for specialist LGBTQ+ support, email  

National LGBT+ Domestic Abuse Helpline

Emotional and practical support for LGBT+ people experiencing domestic abuse.

Phone: 0800 9995428

Stonewall Housing

We support thousands of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer (LGBTQ+) people in the UK every year. We provide free housing-related advice on our helpline. All of our services are free and confidential.

Helpline: 0800 6 404 404

Weekday 10am – 1pm 

LGBT Foundation

LGBT Foundation is a national charity delivering advice, support and information services to lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) communities.

The Claire Project

Supporting trans, non-binary and intersex adults in Sussex

Phone or Text: 07464 229395


Please note it may take up to 5 working days to get back to you.



Possibility People

Disability advice, support, information. Help so you can remain independent and well, in touch with your community, active and working

Phone: 01273 89 40 40 


If you are deaf or hard of hearing, our text phone number is 07718 42 42 14

Mental Health Support

Menal health

Brighton & Hove Wellbeing Service

We offer a variety of support and NICE compliant psychological therapies for Children and Young People and Adults. The services that we provide are delivered by a number of teams who work alongside one another to ensure that you receive the care and support that you need at every stage of your journey.

Phone: 0300 002 0060 Mon - Fri 8am-6pm


Sussex Mental Healthline

Sussex Mental Healthline offers crisis care 24 hours a day, seven days a week to anyone in Sussex needing urgent mental health support

Brighton Mental Health Rapid Response Service can offer immediate support

Phone: 0800 0309 5000300 304 0078

Mind Brighton & Hove

Mind in Brighton and Hove works to promote good mental health in our city and across Sussex. It seeks to empower people to lead a full life as part of their local community.

Address: 51 New England Street, Brighton BN1 4GQ


Phone: 01273 66 69 50

Please note: This is not a crisis helpline. If you need urgent help please refer to our Urgent Help page.

UOK Brighton & Hove

Mental Health & Wellbeing Support in Brighton & Hove

If you need support for your mental health or wellbeing, or know somebody that does, please give us a call.

Phone: 0808 196 1768

Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm

Brighton & Hove Samaritans

We deliver the Samaritans' vision by making it our mission to always be there for our callers and provide the best support possible.

Whatever you're going through, a Samaritan will face it with you. We're here 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Phone: 116 123 for free


PANDAS is a community offering peer-to-peer support for you, your family and your network.

FREE helpline number: 0808 1961 776

Text the word ‘PANDAS’ to 85258 for in-the-moment support your mental health.


Taners Children's Centre

Every 1st and 3rd Tuesday 10am – 12pm

The Tarners Children's centre

Ivory Place



The Old Boat Community Centre

Every 2nd and 4th Wednesday 2pm -4pm

The Old Boat Community centre

172 Carden Hill


Sussex Recovery College

Brighton and Hove Recovery College, offering educational courses as a route to recovery from mental health challenges.

Money finance debt

Money, Finance and Debt

Citizen's Advice Bureau

We are a local independent advice charity. We’re part of the Citizens Advice network. Our goal is to help everyone find a way forward, whatever problem they face. We provide free, confidential and impartial advice. We campaign on the issues affecting people’s lives. We’re here for everyone.

Phone: 08082 78 78 15

(you can also call us directly and speak to one of our volunteer advisers. All calls are free.)

Lines are open:

Monday          09.30am12.30pm and 1.30pm-3.30pm
Tuesday          09.30am-12.30pm and 5pm-7.30pm
Wednesday    09.30am-6pm
Thursday         09.30am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-3.30pm
Friday              09.30am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-3.30pm

You can visit us at our drop -ins on:

Thursday and Friday mornings: 9.30am-12.30pm

Benefits Checker

You can use an independent, free and anonymous benefits calculator to check what you could be entitled to.

St Luke's Advice Service

We provide free advice, information and help with form filling in relation to debts, benefits, tax credits, pension credit, debt relief order and bankruptcy.

Phone: 01273 549203

Monday - Friday 9am-5pm

(If no-one is available to take your call then please leave a message)


Address: Brighthelm Centre, North Road, Brighton. BN1 1YD (by appointment only)

Money Advice Plus

Our Mission is to help people manage their money effectively. We do this by providing free innovative money handling and advice services

Phone: 08081 963699

Address: Tisbury Road Offices, Hove Town Hall, Tisbury Road, Hove, BN3 3BQ

Opening Times: Mon-Fri 9.30am-1pm, 2pm-5pm

Money Saving Central

Money saving website, with deals offers and vouchers to save money

Money Saving Expert

Money saving website with vouchers, deals and money off, also tips to save money


Housing, Homelessness & Cost of Living Crisis

BHT Sussex

BHT Sussex provides support for rough sleepers, homes, specialist support services, legal advice and representation, and other specialist services across Sussex.

Brighton & Hove Council Housing Support

How to apply for council housing, rent a private property, get homelessness support and find affordable housing

Phone: 01273 293030 Mon - Fri 9am-4.30pm


Address: Brighton Customer Service Centre, Brighton & Hove City Council, PO Box 2929, Brighton, BN1 1PS


Accommodation, housing management and support for people with low support mental health needs in Brighton and Hove

Travelling communty

Travelling Community Support (Romany, Gypsy, travellers)

Friends Family Travellers (FFT)

A national charity that works on behalf of all Gypsies, Travellers and Roma. We offer advice, consultancy, promote health and wellbeing.

Phone: 01273 234 777


Address: Friends, Families and Travellers, Community Base, 113 Queens Road, Brighton, BN1 3XG

Safer sleep

Safer Sleep & SIDS

The Lullaby Trust

The Lullaby Trust raises awareness of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), provides expert advice on safer sleep for babies and offers emotional support for bereaved families.

General Enquiries:

Phone: 0207 802 3200


Bereavement Support: 

Phone: 0808 802 6868



Phone: 0808 802 6869


Address: The Lullaby Trust, CAN Mezzanine, 7-14 Great Dover Street, London, SE1 4YR

Miscarrige loss TFMR

Miscarriage, Loss & TFMR Support (please also see local/national bereavement support)

The Miscarriage Association

If you’ve been affected by miscarriage, molar pregnancy or ectopic pregnancy, we hope this website will provide the information that you’re looking for. We hope that family, friends, colleagues and health professionals will find the site helpful too. We’re here to help you through.

Helpline: 01924 200799

Mon-Fri, 9am-4pm


Ectopic Pregnancy Trust

Provides support and information to couples who have suffered an ectopic pregnancy.

TFMR Mamas

TFMR Mamas supports anyone that has had to make the heartbreaking decision to end a pregnancy due to a health or medical condition affecting the baby or the the mother. TFMR Mamas offers support groups and resources to help this community feel supported and not alone.

Please see website for online support groups

ARC (Antenatal Choices and Results)

Antenatal Choices & results - We offer support for as long as is needed with the aim of helping people work through their loss and move on positively with their lives.

Helpline: 020 7713 7486

Mon - Fri 10am-5.30pm

Local bereavement

Local Bereavement and Baby Loss Support

Oscars Wish

A local charity offering Bereavement Support, Specialist Bereavement Counselling and Support Programmes for Mums and Dads

Brighton & Hove Sands

Sands Stillbirth & neonatal death Charity, providing bereavement support services 

National bereavement

National Bereavement and Baby Loss Support


Sands Stillbirth & neonatal death Charity, providing bereavement support services 

Winstons Wish

Childhood bereavement charity providing advice, support & resources for grieving children.

Helpline: 08088 020 021 (freephone)

Mon - Fri 8am-8pm

If you need urgent support, our Crisis Messenger is available 24/7 – text WW to 85258.



Cruse bereavement support, grief can be overwhelming, you don’t have to deal with it alone.

Phone: 0300 311 9959


Address: Lodge Hill Centre, Watersfield, nr Pullborough, RH20 1LZ


Baby Loss Counselling Charity – providing specialist counselling after baby loss


We’re dedicated to finding causes and treatments to save babies’ lives. We are here for anyone who has experienced the loss of a baby, whether through miscarriage, stillbirth, neonatal death, or termination for medical reasons.

Helpline: 0800 0147 800


If you would like to talk to one of our Tommy's  midwives about any aspect of stillbirth, they are experienced in talking about baby loss and bereavement. You can all them for free on or email them  - Monday - Friday, 9am-5pm)

Address: Tommy's, Nicholas House, 3 Laurence Pountney Hill,  London, EC4R 0BB

Child Bereavement

Child Bereavement UK supports families and educates professionals when a baby or child of any age dies or is dying, and also when a child is facing bereavement. 

Teddy's Wish

Teddy's Wish funds a counselling support service, which is free of charge to parents who have lost a baby to stillbirth (from 24 weeks), neonatal death or SIDS. The counselling sessions are for parents who are in the early months of their grief, up until 18 months post loss.


(or submit the form on website).

Saying Goodbye

Saying Goodbye provides comprehensive information, advice, support and much more to anyone who has suffered the loss of a baby, at any stage of pregnancy, at birth or in infancy

Neonatal and premature

Neonatal & Premature Birth

Kent Sussex and Surrey Neonatal Network

The Kent Surrey and Sussex ODN supported by NHS England (NHSE) is hosted by Medway NHS Foundation Trust. There are 13 neonatal units in the network working collaboratively to provide care for our babies and their families.

Kent Sussex and Surrey Parents Advisory Group

We are a group of parents/carers, and their families, who have experienced neonatal care in one (or more) of the 13 neonatal units across the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Neonatal Network.

Our aim is to ensure that parent voices are integral in shaping neonatal care services across the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Neonatal Network.


or to get involved please use this link

The Early Birth Association

The Early Birth Association makes a positive difference for babies, families and staff in Neonatal Care at the Trevor Mann Baby Unit at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton, and the Special Care Baby Unit at the Princess Royal Hospital in Haywards Heath.

Phone: 01273 696955 (extn 4377)

Ronald McDonald House

Having a child in hospital is unimaginable for families. At Ronald McDonald House Charities UK, we ease some of the burden by providing free ‘home away from home’ accommodation.

Phone: 0300 011 1113

(Monday – Friday 9am-5pm)


Address: Ronald McDonald House Charities UK, Headquarters, 11-59 High Road, East Finchley, London, N2 8AW

The Twins Trust

We're here for you... Supporting you through every milestone of your journey with twins, triplets or more

Twinline helpline: 0800 138 0509

Monday – Friday 10am-1pm and 7pm-10pm


Phone: 01252 332 344

Address: Manor House, Church Hill, Aldershot, Hants, GU12 4JU 

Bliss Charity

For Babies Born Sick or Premature. Having a premature or sick baby in hospital can be incredibly distressing for families. We offer emotional and practical support to empower families and equip them with the knowledge and skills they need to provide the best possible care to their baby, for however long they live and for however long their stay in neonatal care. 

Do you need emotional support, information or have a question about your neonatal journey? Our team is here to help you whatever stage you are at.

Ickle Pickles

The Smallest Babies Need The Biggest Help. The Ickle Pickles offers a unique opportunity to help vulnerable babies at a critical time in their lives.   

Rockinghouse Children's Charity

We are the official fundraising arm of the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital in & TMBU in Brighton. We raise money for life-saving equipment, specialist projects and enhanced services for sick babies, children and young people throughout Sussex.

Kent Sussex and Surrey Neonatal Network 

The Kent Surrey and Sussex ODN supported by NHS England (NHSE) is hosted by Medway NHS Foundation Trust. There are 13 neonatal units in the network working collaboratively to provide care for our babies and their families.

Kent Sussex and Surrey Parents Advisory Group

We are a group of parents/carers, and their families, who have experienced neonatal care in one (or more) of the 13 neonatal units across the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Neonatal Network.

Our aim is to ensure that parent voices are integral in shaping neonatal care services across the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Neonatal Network.


or to get involved please use this link

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