Recovery College (Brighton & Hove)

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About the College

Welcome to the Brighton and Hove Recovery College, offering educational courses as a route to recovery from mental health challenges. 

The College is provided in partnership with the Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and as part of the UOK Brighton & Hove network of mental health support.

All courses are free, and are designed and delivered by people with lived experience of mental health challenges (Peer Trainers), together with clinical staff and other professionals. Whether you are hoping to gain a better understanding of mental health challenges or are looking to develop new skills and abilities, the Recovery College provides a range of workshops and courses that may be of interest. 

We offer courses focusing on recovery and self-management skills in a range in length from one-day workshops to longer courses running over several weeks, on subjects such as ‘Exploring Relaxation’ and ‘Managing Anxiety’.

Prior to the pandemic, all 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, however to safely navigate the pandemic and adhere to government guidelines, we had to change our model to delivering our courses online. We are now offering a variety of classroom-based and online sessions. 

At Southdown we are committed to supporting people whilst keeping both our clients and staff safe by practicing good infection control. You can read our latest Covid-19 statement here.

 

Partnership Announcement:

Following a tender by the Brighton and Hove Clinical Commissioning Group, 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 is working with the Primary Care Mental Health Practitioner Team (PCMHPT) at SPFT, who assess adults with mild to moderate mental health support needs and agree a treatment/support plan. Part of this plan offers access to Adult Wellbeing Courses which are 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 launch news article here.

 

Summer term

Our Summer term will run from 23rd May – 29th July 2022.

With the lifting of all Covid-19 restrictions, the Summer term will offer more opportunities to attend courses and workshops in person. We know that being able to attend sessions online has attracted new students, enabling people to attend who previously would have been unable to do so. We are mindful that not everyone may feel ready, or be able to return to the classroom, so we are also continuing to offer a range of courses and workshops online via Zoom.

Click here to view the Summer prospectus.

 

Enrolment has now closed for Summer term

The enrolment period has now closed and we are in the process of allocating spaces. Students will be notified of the outcome of their enrolment request(s) from Thursday 19th May.

On occasion we find that we still have places after requests have been allocated we will advertise any remaining spaces over on our Facebook page.

We look forward to welcoming new and returning students and hope to see some of you in person this term.

We look forward to welcoming new and returning students and hope to see some of you in person this term.

 

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 for students who require extra support. Our trained Buddies support can support students outside of the Zoom sessions, enabling them to overcome barriers and improve their confidence and self-esteem. Buddies can arrange to speak with students pre and post online sessions, to:

  • Practice how to access the online sessions via Zoom
  • Engage with online activities
  • Practice how to engage 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 the relevant section on your enrolment form.

If you would like more information about how the Buddy Service works, please contact us via the details at the bottom of this page.
 

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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Contact Details

Name: 
Beki Donelly
Job Title: 
College Receptionist and Administrator
Telephone: 
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.