Our history


First formed in 1994 Sussex Oakleaf Housing Association was set up in order to house patients leaving the soon to be closed St Francis Hospital. Sussex Oakleaf gained its first clients (then referred to as residents) in 1995. The clients were re–homed in houses across Haywards Heath and Burgess Hill. Client’s opinions were sought on where to purchase properties and they were given choices on where they themselves would like to live. Clients were given options on how to decorate their rooms. All of this was very new for a group of individuals who had been living long term in mental hospitals up until this point.

In the mid 00’s Sussex Oakleaf began to run its Wellbeing Services which provided and continue to provide one to one support and community based groups for individuals across Sussex struggling with their mental health and wellbeing.

In 2011 Sussex Oakleaf became involved in a new service in Hove offering day services and support to individuals with a personality disorder. The service is run collaboratively between Sussex Partnership and Mind and is still open to this day.