Southside was established as an independent charity in 1997, and our roots go back as far as 1984, when the service developed out of a special health project set up in Bath.
“Right from the start Southside has been embedded in the communities it has served...”
Southside began in 1997 with a team of two. Twenty years later the team has grown to over fifty staff & volunteers, based at Meade House on Bath’s Whiteway Estate. Our services reach out to individuals and families all over the Bath and North East Somerset region.
Southside’s vision is to provide accessible support services that excel. All our services are based in the communities in which we work and reflect the values of those communities. Children, young people and their families are at the heart of the work we do.
Our services are easy-to-reach because they have been developed over many decades with children, young people and families — and collaboratively with health providers, police, housing, education services and Bath and North East Somerset council.
We take an evidenced-based, psychologically informed approach to our work. Rather than imposing our knowledge on children and families to achieve positive change, we combine it with the family’s expertise. We work respectfully with whole families to help them to overcome their difficulties and to build resilience. We are very proud to say that over 50% of our paid staff were once service users.