Recovery College (Brighton & Hove)

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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.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Statement

In light of the Coronavirus pandemic, we are adhering to the social distancing advice set out by the Government and the Recovery College building at Frederick Place remains closed.

We are however pleased to be able to offer a 'virtual' Summer term this year, providing workshops and sessions online using Zoom video-conferencing software - further details below.

We are aware that some of our existing and prospective students may not be able to access online learning. We are able to offer workbooks and telephone support to these students.

Summer Term – Registration now open!

For the upcoming Summer Term we are offering a variety of online workshops rather than weekly courses. The online workshops will be based on grounding techniques, resilience building and strategies which might be useful in supporting people to manage in these current times and beyond. We will be using online video-conference software called Zoom which is free to register for and download.

Take a look at the Summer Term timetable by clicking here - workshops begin on Friday 5th June.

How to apply 

Registration for the workshops in the main term is now open. If you are would like to apply for an online workshop/session, please download the Registration Form at the bottom of this page; you can apply for up to six courses on one form.

As we have done in the previous term, we will be prioritizing students who are new to the Recovery College in the first instance. Following that we will priortise returning students who did not get on any courses or workshops last term.

Registration Forms need to be recieved by Friday 5th June. 

Please note: If you would like to attend the 'Mental Health Maintenance' workshop on 5th June, we will need to recieve your Registration Form by Wednesday 3rd June.

More details about the Summer Term can be found in our Frequently Asked Questions document by clicking here.

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 lucy.walsh@southdown.org

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 www.nus.org.uk.

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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

Name: 
Alessia Bianco
Job Title: 
Recovery College Manager
Telephone: 
01273 764967 / 07458077807

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.