Brighton & Hove Recovery College


About the service and what to expect

Brighton & Hove Recovery College is provided by Southdown, a Sussex-based housing, care and support provider committed to preventing homelessness and supporting people’s health, wellbeing and independence.

Provided in partnership with the Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Southdown’s Recovery College in Brighton and Hove offer educational courses as a route to recovery from mental health challenges. 

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. 

Prior to the pandemic, all courses were based at community venues across Brighton and Hove including the College's Learning and Community Hub at Frederick Place and Preston Park Recovery Centre, however to safely navigate the pandemic and adhere to government guidelines, they had to change their model and deliver courses online. They are now in a position to gradually introduce classroom-based learning for Autumn term 2021.

Coronavirus Statement (16th August 2021)

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

They are regularly reviewing their service offer in alignment with current government guidelines. Whenever there are any further changes to the support and learning provided, we will update this page. We would also encourage you to visit their social media pages for updates as well as useful resources and links:

Facebook: @BHRecoveryCollege
Twitter: @SHA_RCBrighton

Autumn Term - 27th September - 3rd December

For the first time since the Coronavirus pandemic, the College is 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 the College building at Frederick Place near Brighton Station. You can read all about their Covid safety measures in their Autumn prospectus.

The College will be 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’. Their new ‘Creativity for Carers’ course has been designed and will be delivered in collaboration with the Carers Centre.

To find out more about the Autumn term and view the prospectus click here.

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

There is a Buddy Service offered 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.

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

Partnership Announcement:

Following a tender by the Brighton and Hove Clinical Commissioning Group, a new Brighton and Hove Wellbeing Service was 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 will assess adults with mild to moderate mental health support needs and agree a treatment/support plan. Part of this plan offers 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 this news article.

Further Information

For more information and to discuss accessing support that is right for you please call 0808 196 1768 to speak to a friendly member of our Central Access Point team. Alternatively, if you would prefer, you can arrange a callback


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