Recovery College (provided by Southdown)


Southdown is 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. 

Courses focus on recovery and self-management skills and range in length from one-day workshops to longer courses running for eight weeks, on subjects such as ‘Mindfulness’ and ‘Managing Anxiety’. 

Based at venues across Brighton and Hove including Southdown’s Learning and Community Hub at Frederick Place and the Preston Park Recovery Centre, courses are provided over three terms each year.

Ahead of each term, an Open Day is held to showcase what is on offer and give prospective students an opportunity to talk to the Recovery College team, Peer Trainers and Buddies (College volunteers with lived experience of mental health challenges) about courses of interest. 

Our Spring courses are now full and underway. We will advertise details of our next open day and enrolment here so do keep checking back. 

The Spring Prospectus below will give you an idea of the courses we run - click the cover image below to open:

Recover College Prospectus - Spring2020

What to expect

Once a College term is ‘open’, you can register on up to three courses, after which you will be invited to attend a meeting with a Peer Trainer to complete an Individual Learning Plan (ILP) to discuss what you want out of the Recovery College and your future goals.

As you embark on the courses and workshops you have chosen, the College team is on hand to support you every step of the way. 

For students who need extra support, a Buddy Service is also available. Trained Buddies support students both in and outside of the classroom, enabling them to overcome barriers and improve their confidence and self-esteem.


For more information and to discuss accessing support that is right for you please call 0808 196 1768 to speak to a Community Navigator.  Alternatively, if you would prefer, you can arrange a callback.  


42 Frederick Place
United Kingdom

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50.8273135, -0.1413177