Recovery College (Brighton & Hove)
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
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 email@example.com
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.