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. The College is jointly run by Southdown and the Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, which also runs Colleges in East and West Sussex.
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.

Courses focus on recovery and self-management skills and range in length from one-day workshops to longer courses running for eight weeks, on subjects such as ‘Mindfulness’ and ‘Managing Anxiety’. The courses are based at community venues across Brighton and Hove including our Learning and Community Hub at Frederick Place and our Preston Park Recovery Centre.

Whether you are hoping to gain a better understanding of mental health challenges or are looking to develop new skills and abilities you didn’t think you had, take a look at what we have to offer in our College Prospectus (see below).

How to apply 

We provide courses and workshops over three terms each year. Ahead of each term, we host an Open Day to showcase what's on offer and give prospective students an opportunity to talk to the Recovery College team, Peer Trainers and Buddies about courses of interest. If you can’t attend the Open Day, you can always take a look at our College Prospectus online and/ or give us a call.

You can register on up to three courses, which you can do by completing a registration form (available to download below). After this, you will be invited to attend a meeting with a Peer Trainer to complete an Individual Learning Plan (ILP) to discuss what you want out of the Recovery College and your future goals.

Autumn Term 2019

Our Autumn Term starts in September 2019 and we're really excited to share the new prospectus with you (download below) and you can register now by completing the form below. You can either post the Registration Form to the address given, take it to the Recovery College in person or email the form to by Wednesday 11 September 2019.

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 classroom, enabling them to overcome barriers and improve their confidence and self-esteem.

Buddies can support students with 

  • accessing public transport to attend their courses
  • entering the classroom
  • engaging in classroom activities and with the learning materials
  • engaging with fellow students

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 a course at the Recovery College and would like to request a Buddy, please go to section 7 on the Registration Form and tick the box.

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 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

Picture gallery

  • 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

Lynsey Hermann
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Recovery College Manager
01273 749 500

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

You can also follow us on Twitter @SHA_RCBrighton.