Recovery College (Brighton & Hove)

Recovery College
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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 Community Roots 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 in a position to gradually introduce classroom-based learning for Autumn term 2021.

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.

Coronavirus Statement (16th August 2021)

We continue to provide a modified service offer. The majority of our courses and workshops will remain online for the Autumn term, however we are pleased to announce that we will be offering some sessions in a socially-distanced classroom setting from September (subject to any changes in government guidelines).

Staff and student safety is at the forefront of what we do; to ensure the safety of everyone from the risk of COVID-19 we will:

  • Limit the number of people in the classroom to a maximum of 10, which will include tutors
  • Use one large classroom rather than two small ones as we did prior to the pandemic
  • Ensure that our staff and volunteers have taken a Lateral Flow Device test within the last three days which yielded a negative result
  • Ask that everyone (staff, volunteers and students) wear a face covering while in the building
  • Ask that everyone, where possible, tries to maintain 2m distance from staff and other students
  • Only run one face to face course each day and thoroughly clean the classroom at the end of each session
  • Ensure anti-bacterial gel, wipes, and face coverings are available

We are regularly reviewing our service offer in alignment with current government guidelines. Whenever there are any further changes to the support and learning 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


Autumn Term

Our Autumn term will run from Monday 27th September, to Friday 3rd December.

For the first time since the Coronavirus pandemic, we are pleased to be able to offer some sessions in a socially-distanced classroom setting, as well as continuing to offer online sessions via a software application called Zoom. Classroom-based sessions will take place at our College building at Frederick Place near Brighton Station. You can read all about our Covid safety measures in the section above and in the prospectus.

We are also introducing four new topics this term, these are: ‘Creativity and Self-Care for Carers’, ‘Living with Grief and Loss’, ‘Money Matters’ and ‘Working for Wellness’. Our new ‘Creativity for Carers’ course has been designed and will be delivered in collaboration with the Carers Centre*.

*Established in 1988, the Carers Centre for Brighton & Hove is a local charity which aims to make a positive difference to the lives of unpaid family and friend carers by enabling them to fulfil their own needs as individuals and offering them appropriate support to achieve a balance between their lives and caring role. The Centre works with young and adult carers aged between 6 and 90+ in Brighton & Hove.

Enrolment for Autumn term has now closed, however you can still click here to view the prospectus and we would encourage you to follow our Facebook page here where will will share details of any remaining spaces on courses or workshops.


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

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

Beki Donelly
Job Title: 
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.