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. 

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 (COVID-19) Statement

In light of the Coronavirus pandemic, we are adhering to the social distancing advice set out by the Government. We have therefore made the decision to cancel our courses for the remainder of the Spring Term.

The Recovery College team are communicating with our current students and offering guidance whilst we develop resources together to share online.

We want to take this opportunity to thank our students for their incredible support and understanding, and to congratulate them on the steps they have taken to access the courses and workshops this term.

Thank you for your understanding. We would like to wish you and your family well and we will keep you updated here on our future plans.

Summer Term – Expressions of interest now open!

For the upcoming Summer Term the Recovery College will be offering a variety of online workshops rather than weekly courses. The online workshops will be based around grounding techniques, resilience building and strategies which might be useful in supporting people to manage in these current times and beyond. They will using online videoconference software called Zoom which is free to register for and download. For more information about the Summer term and to download an Expression of Interest form 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


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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