Recovery College (Brighton & Hove)

Recovery College
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Welcome to the Brighton and Hove Recovery College, offering educational courses as a route to recovery from mental health challenges. All our courses are FREE and designed and delivered by people with lived experience of mental health challenges, together with clinical staff and other professionals.
The College is provided in partnership with the Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and as part of the Community Roots network of mental health support.  

We offer courses focusing on recovery and self-management skills. Prior to the Coronavirus pandemic, we offered these in a range in length from one-day workshops to longer courses running for eight weeks, on subjects such as ‘Mindfulness’ and ‘Managing Anxiety’. The courses were based at community venues across Brighton and Hove including our Learning and Community Hub at Frederick Place and our Preston Park Recovery Centre.

New Partnership Announcement:

Following a recent tender by the Brighton and Hove Clinical Commissioning Group, the new Brighton and Hove Wellbeing Service launched on September 1st 2020. The service brings together a new partnership of Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (SPFT), Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust, YMCA DownsLink Group and Southdown.

Southdown will be working with the Primary Care Mental Health Practitioner Team (PCMHPT) at SPFT, who will assess adults with mild to moderate mental health support needs and agree a treatment/support plan. Part of this plan will be an offer to access Adult Wellbeing Courses, which will be co-produced and co-delivered by one of Southdown’s existing Brighton and Hove Recovery College Peer Trainers, alongside a Primary Care Mental Health Practitioner. Find out more in our news article here.

Coronavirus Statement (5th November 2020)

To best protect the safety of our students and staff, we changed the way support was provided by our Recovery College from March so we could adhere to the Government’s advice on social distancing and infection control.

In place of building-based and face-to-face support and courses, our team are offering a ‘virtual’ term of courses via Zoom video-conferencing software as well as telephone support.

Using Covid-safety guidance, we are regularly reviewing our service offer and when there are any changes to the support and courses we provide, we will update this page. We would also encourage you to visit our social media pages for updates as well as useful resources and links:

• Facebook: @BHRecoveryCollege
• Twitter: @SHA_RCBrighton

In the meantime, if you have any urgent questions about your support, or have a new enquiry about our service, please contact us via phone or email using the contact details at the bottom of this page.

Autumn Term 2020

Our Online 'Virtual' Autumn Term will run from 5th October 2020 - 14th December 2020.
This term we will be running a variety of short courses and workshops along with a mixture of clinical sessions on topics such as hoarding, managing social isolation, exploring relaxation and non-clinical sessions such as arts and craft, script reading and weekly quizzes.
Click here to download our Autumn prospectus which details our full term of courses and workshops and also contains a 'Frequently Asked Questions' section. The prospectus is divided into courses and workshops. Courses are a series where you attend multiple sessions. Workshops are one off single sessions that you attend just once.
The main registration period for the Autumn term has now closed, however we do still have some spaces available on the ​Student Quiz which takes place weekly on Wednesday 18th, 25th November & 2nd, 9th December, 12pm-1.15pm
To register, simply scroll down this page to download a copy of our Registration Form and view other information such as our Code of Conduct and Charter and a guide to using the Zoom app via a phone or tablet from the ‘Downloads’ section towards the bottom.

Am I eligible?

The College is available for people aged 18+ living in Brighton and Hove with mental health support needs. Carers and people working within the mental health sector are also welcome.

The Buddy Service

We offer a Buddy Service at the Recovery College for students who require extra support. Our trained Buddies support students both in and outside of the Zoom sessions, enabling them to overcome barriers and improve their confidence and self-esteem.

Buddies can support students with 

  • accessing the online sessions via Zoom
  • engaging in online activities and/or completing workbooks
  • engaging with fellow students during the online sessions

We do our best to match every student who requests this extra support with a Buddy but it is dependent on demand.

If you are a student applying for the online sessions at the Recovery College and would like to request a Buddy, please complete section 2 on the Expression of Interest form.

If you would like more information about how the Buddy Service works, please contact Lucy Walsh, Volunteer and Student Union Lead, on 01273 764138 or email at

Our Students’ Union and NUS membership

All students of the Recovery College who are taking part in an online workshop are welcome to join the College’s Students’ Union. Through the Union you can share your experiences and ideas on how we can continually develop the College. As our Union is part of the National Union of Students (NUS) you are entitled to an NUS membership card which offers you a wide range of discounts and offers. To find out more or to gain an NUS discount card visit

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  • Move On Day 2018
  • Volunteer and Student Union Lead with a College Buddy
  • On your bike course
  • Walking for Recovery course
  • Good food, good health course
  • Mindful photography
  • Drama for confidence course
  • Our Frederick Place base
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Contact Details

Beki Donelly
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College Receptionist and Administrator
07458 092317

Address: 42 Frederick Place, Brighton, BN1 4EA

Follow Us:

Twitter: @SHA_RCBrighton

Facebook: @BHRecoveryCollege

If you're a student of the Recovery College why not also join the College's online Student Union on Facebook.