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 Coronavirus pandemic, the Recovery College 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’ provided over three terms each year. The courses were based at community venues across Brighton and Hove including Southdown’s Learning and Community Hub at Frederick Place and their Preston Park Recovery Centre.
Due to the current situation, the College are still unable to hold courses and workshops in a classroom setting and have instead been offering online courses.
Coronavirus Statement (11th January 2021)
To best protect the safety of our students and staff, we have changed the way we provide support and deliver courses in order to 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.
Spring Term 2021 – 8th February – 16th April
Spring term will run from 8th February to 16th April and sees the return of more clinical courses such as Managing Depression, Managing Anxiety and Living with Bipolar, as well as non-clinical courses in Art and Craft and Coffee and Chat workshop sessions.
Enrolment for Spring Term closed on Friday 29th January and the College team are now in the process of allocating spaces to students. In the event that spaces are still available for any courses or workshops after allocation, they will open late enrolment and will post further details of this here, and on their social media channels.
If you would like to browse the Spring Term prospectus, click here to view.
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 www.nus.org.uk.
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.
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.
42 Frederick Place