Route One

The team at Route One provide one-to-one and group support within a flexible range of two to eight hours a week as well as accommodation to 60 adults with mental health and complex needs, including dual diagnosis.

The service provides a dynamic, flexible approach to supporting people with mental health and complex needs, incorporating the recovery model, trauma informed care and working within a psychological informed framework.

We are a well-established and well respected service within Brighton and Hove, largely due to our expertise and experience in supporting clients to achieve independence, and for the positive outcomes achieved throughout the service.

As a specialist mental health service, Route One works closely and effectively with Sussex Partnership Foundation Trust, including East and West Recovery Teams, Community Rehabilitation Team, Assertive Outreach Team, Early Intervention Team and the Crisis Resolution Home Treatment Team.

These partnerships are invaluable as they enable people to experience a comprehensive package of support which supports their physical and mental wellbeing, as well as maximising their opportunities to live more independently in the future.

Our Aims

Our aim at Route One is to provide intensive support and accommodation to enable clients to move on to independent living within two years.

Route One empowers clients through one-to-one and group support to enable them to develop life-skills, maintain their tenancies and to improve their mental health and wellbeing.

We work within the wellbeing model, which focuses on all areas of life and enables clients to become fully integrated members of the community. This includes areas such as mental and physical health, social inclusion, and work and learning.

The core hours are Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm and on weekends from 10am to 6pm whereby two staff members are based at Dorset Gardens to provide crisis support and phone support to all clients.

The project offers a variety of accommodation

  1. Carlisle Road: 14 self-contained flats.
  2. Aymer Road: 14 self-contained flats.
  3. Bear Road: six self-contained flats.
  4. Westbourne Gardens: one self-contained flat and four units of shared accommodation.
  5. Sackville Gardens: one self-contained flat and four units of shared accommodation.
  6. Chelwood Close: five units of shared accommodation.
  7. Dorset Gardens: six units of shared accommodation.
  8. Belle Vue Gardens: five units of shared accommodation. Specialist women-only Service.

How to apply

All new referrals are made via the Mental Health Placement Officer who can be contacted by calling 01273 621984 ext 107941.

Contact Details

Manager: San Sehjal, Deputy Manager: Jennifer Manners

144 London Rd, Brighton BN1 4PH


Recovery from mental ill health and moving into independent accommodation can take several years and requires individuals rebuilding many parts of their lives. This is the account of one client from the Route One Project, another of BHT’s mental health services.

“Around five years ago my journey began in the Route One Project and from the bottom of my heart l am so thankful to you all for picking me up and dusting me off, ready for the new chapter l am in now. l am taking the skills and tools as l call it in to sustaining independent living in so many aspects. I moved into my council property in March 2018 and what we have achieved in the time in the project has been champion. I say we because that is what it has been – a team effort.

“I have Bipolar One and when l came to Route One l was in a state and l had just moved out of a hostel for homeless people. I am not putting down the great work they do but it was making my illness worse, resulting in me being admitted to hospital.