People owe their lives to Seaview

I was shocked and very saddened to read in the Observer about the proposed drastic cuts in the adult social care budget and particularly for the Seaview Project.

They will lose 90 per cent totalling £48,000.

For anyone who is not aware of the work of Seaview please check out their website.

Their large client group are adults with ranging, very complex needs, many living on the margins of society.

This is focussed on their wellbeing open access centre based in St Leonards which at present is open five days a week where users can find a warm welcome and hot meals and access to a range of vital support services.

There is a dedicated housing team working to prevent street homelessness, street outreach team, personal development and activities and access to primary health care and much more.

Many past and present users will tell you that they literally owe their lives to Seaview and for others it makes the difference between coping and despair.

If this project, which has been open for 30 years, is forced to close or at best reduce their service there will certainly be an effect, which far outweighs the savings to the county budget.

In human terms some would be at increased risk of suicide and risk-taking behaviour.

Many people who they have helped house would not be able stay in accommodation.

Financially, there will be cost with more admissions to A&E, more police involvement, and more people in the streets with nowhere to go.

Dedicated Seaview staff work closely with a range of other agencies in this town to provide a safety net for the most vulnerable people in our society.

Many of them will also have reduced funding and it Seaview closes an increase in clients.

I do urge any of your readers who care about what happens in this town to speak out in support of Seaview in the hope that the decision makers will think again.

Sue Herriott

Fairlight Road


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