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.

Southdown 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.

Spring Term

Spring term will run from 31st January – 11th April 2022.

The College will be offering a online and *face-to-face sessions (*subject to any changes to Government Covid safety guidance and restrictions).

They are also offering eight new courses and workshops for Spring term, with a focus on creativity. New titles are: ‘Building Confidence’; ‘Emotional Regulation’; ‘Introduction to Self-Compassion’; ‘Mindful Photography’; ‘Chanting and Drumming for Recovery; Drama for Confidence’; ‘Script Reading’; and ‘Self-Care: Why it is important and how do we make it happen?’.

To find out more about Spring term 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


42 Frederick Place
United Kingdom

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