SDR Care is a provider of Adult Specialist Care based in the Southern Counties of England. We operate six homes for adults with Learning Difficulties and Autism in Hampshire and East Sussex which operate under our In Chorus and Autism & Aspergers companies.

Our aim is always to provide the highest level of support to adults with Learning Difficulties and Autism living in residential settings or their own homes.

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Our Purpose:

  • Our residents or service users home is treated as their own and that they are offered freedom & opportunity;
  • Our services recognise the individual and the specific support someone with Learning Difficulties and Autism needs, but always puts the word “individual” first;
  • Our service supports an environment that understands Learning Difficulties and Autism and where residents / service users feel safe, secure and valued;
  • Our support offers a life as a fully participative member of the local community where they are shown dignity, respect and valued as individuals in their own right;
  • A life where educational, occupational, social inclusion, travel and recreational opportunities are offered and are specific to each individual;
  • A life where the individual is offered opportunity, challenges and is given every chance to be as independent as they possibly can, whilst also recognising how Learning Difficulties and Autism can impact on their everyday lives;
  • Realistic goals and development plans that are subject to quality assurance and review;
  • The service recognises all behaviour as a form of communication and practices sound positive behaviour support (PBS);
  • The service supports an environment where the service users are encouraged to make choices regarding their lives and staff respect these choices;
  • Our staff team receive regular training, supervision and support to be able to meet the needs of the service users.
BackOur Values

Our Values

Kindness, Dignity & Respect

Integral to the culture of our Company; treat people with kindness, dignity, and respect then our work will be rewarding and fulfilling.


Every decision we make is better when made with a calm and composed approach; calmness helps us to manage the challenges and demands we face.


Embrace creativity to find innovative solutions in our work.


Take responsibility for our own actions, attitude, impact, and career development.


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  • Autism & Aspergers
  • Latimer Road, Eastbourne
CQC rated Outstanding
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  • Autism & Aspergers
  • Den Hill, Eastbourne
CQC rated Good
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  • Autism & Aspergers
  • Percival Road, Eastbourne
CQC rated Good
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  • Brightwater
  • Otter Close, Eastleigh
CQC rated Good
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  • Leighside
  • Kenilworth Gdns, Southampton
CQC rated Good
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  • Oaklea
  • Oak Road, Southampton
CQC rated Good
Donna Wellman

Donna Wellman
Head of Care

Donna Wellman joined SDR in September 2020, originally to be the registered manager of our three services in Eastbourne. She has since developed her role and is now Head of Care for the Group..  

Donna has worked in the social care sector for over twenty years. She has a keen interest in autism and is passionate about individuals receiving the right support to enable them to develop and live life to the full.

Donna is excited about being part of the future growth of the company and developing new services.

In her spare time, Donna enjoys spending time with her family and grandchildren, walking her dog and going on holiday (when she can)!


Rupert Corney is CEO of SDR Group, having formed the business in 2018 as an emergency housing business (now SDR Living). He has overseen the development of the group into social care sectors (SDR Care).

Rupert is very focused on maintaining the Group’s strong ethical values and ensuring that SDR maintains our supportive culture throughout our ambitious growth plan.

Rupert has a background in Real Estate. He trained as a Chartered Surveyor in West Sussex before joining global advisory firm Cushman & Wakefield in 2007. He became a Partner at Cushmans specialising in providing development and strategic advice to public authorities and global occupiers. In 2016 he left London to pursue his own business concepts.

Away from his desk, Rupert can be found hill running, playing village cricket, and increasingly taxiing around his young family.


Mark Ansell is the COO at SDR Group, having joined in 2018. Before joining SDR, Mark worked at Saxon Weald Homes and Raven Housing Trust, bringing over 25 years of experience in the social housing sector.

At SDR Group, Mark is responsible for overseeing general operations, ICT, and HR. He has successfully delivered numerous process and technology-led improvements to make staff members' jobs more efficient and effective, allowing them to concentrate on supporting service users. He is dedicated to developing a people strategy that fosters a happy, engaged, and high-achieving workforce. This strategy includes values-based recruitment, recognition programs, and cultivating a supportive culture. His professional philosophy is rooted in the belief that a motivated and well-supported team is the key to delivering exceptional service and making a positive impact on the lives of SDR Group's service users and communities.

In his free time, Mark enjoys being an active member of the Brighton Surf Lifesaving Club along with his three daughters. He coaches children and adults in water safety, beach lifeguarding and the sport of surf lifesaving, in which he also competes.

Robert Crossan

Robert Crossan
Strategic Director

Robert Crossan is the Strategic Director at SDR Group, joining the business in 2021. Rob is a chartered surveyor with a background of working for various local authorities across Sussex; including Brighton and Hove City Council and most recently as Head of Estates and Investment for Adur and Worthing Councils with over £400m of property under his management. Rob has implemented new asset management plans, led on acquisitions of over £100m of investment property as well as disposal programmes and larger regeneration schemes.

Rob’s focus is to further develop the business of both SDR Living and SDR Care in both the public and private sectors and is always on the lookout for opportunities to collaborate with partners. Rob has a passion for working to find property solutions as SDR seeks to be market leaders in the provision of care and accommodation services.

Rob has two young children, but enjoys escaping for peace and quiet on his paddleboard (sometimes with his 4 year old on the front!), watching the Formula 1 and visiting family in Cornwall.



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SDR Care Limited (12495658) is a wholly owned subsidiary of South Downs Residential Group Limited (12758305).

Registered Offices: The Sussex Innovation Centre, Falmer, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 9SB

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