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.
About the service
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.
Coronavirus Statement (10 July 2020)
To best protect the safety of our students and staff, we changed the way support was provided by our Recovery College from March so we could adhere to the Government’s advice on social distancing and infection control.
In place of building-based and face-to-face support and courses, over the past few months, our teams have been offering a ‘virtual’ term of courses via Zoom video-conferencing software and telephone support and workbooks for students who are unable to access our online courses.
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 the Central Access Point team via phone or arrange a callback; details are at the bottom of this page.
Summer and Autumn Terms
As the 'virtual' Summer Term draws to a close, the Recovery College team are currently working on plans for the Autumn Term, details for which will follow in August.
For the Summer Term, they offered a variety of online workshops based on grounding techniques, resilience building and strategies to support people to manage in these current times and beyond. The Summer Term timetable is still available by clicking here if you'd like to see more information about the types of courses they offer.
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.
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