Service Type: Mental Health and Employment Support
Service Location: Brighton and Hove

Brighton & Hove Recovery College

Contact Details

For all administrate related enquires: 

Beki Donelly (College Receptionist and Administrator)
Email: recoverycollege@southdown.org
Tel: 07458 092317

For enquires relating to the management of the Recovery and Adult Wellbeing College and the management and delivery of courses:

Lucy Walsh (Recovery and Wellbeing College Team Manager)
Email: lucy.walsh@southdown.org
Tel: 07458 121747

For enquires relating to the Buddy Service and Student Union:

Matt Morris (Volunteer and Involvement Lead)
Email: matt.morris@southdown.org
Tel: 07458 121757

For enquires relating to Southdown and the management of the Recovery and Adult Wellbeing College:

Paul Turk (Service Manager Employment and Learning)
Email: paul.turk@southdown.org
Tel: 07805 811186

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 Wellbeing Hub at Preston Park, 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.

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.

Autumn term

Our Autumn term will run from 26th September to 2nd December 2022.

Since the inception of the Recovery College in Brighton & Hove we have been producing a new prospectus for each of our Spring, Summer and Autumn terms. However, to simplify our processes and to allow us to provide you with more information about the College and other Mental Health services, we will now be producing one prospectus for the academic year which will cover the Autumn 2022, Spring 2023 and Summer 2023 terms.

Although it’s an annual prospectus, we still have the ability to update it for each term with new courses and workshops that we’re developing but you’ll notice that this new format doesn’t contain dates and times. This information will now be provided in a separate timetable document each term.

Check out the ‘Downloads’ section at the bottom of this page to download our new 2022-23 Annual prospectus and our Autumn term timetable.  

Enrolment is now closed for Autumn 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  Tuesday 20th September.

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.

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.

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.