Brighton recovery centre marks 50 years

Posted On 13 Jun 2016 at 2:02 pm

The mayor and councillors joined the Preston Park Recovery Centre to celebrate 50 years of helping people with mental illness at an anniversary event.

The recovery centre is run by Southdown Housing and offers people with mental health support needs the opportunity to learn new skills in a supportive environment.

It also provides a specialist support services to assist with welfare benefits, employment, housing and health.

Celebrating the Preston Park Recovery Centre's 50th anniversary, from left, Councillor Julie Cattell, Lynne Thomas from Southdown Housing and Councillor Caroline Penn

Celebrating the Preston Park Recovery Centre’s 50th anniversary, from left, Councillor Julie Cattell, Lynne Thomas from Southdown Housing and Councillor Caroline Penn

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The mayor of Brighton and Hove, Councillor Pete West, was among the anniversary visitors along with councillors Caroline Penn and Julie Cattell.

Councillor Penn is the lead member for mental health services on Brighton and Hove City Council. She said: “The recovery centre plays a very important role in helping people with mental illness access the support they need, be it financial advice, supporting people back into work, or providing courses enabling people to learn how to cope with their illness on a day-to-day basis.”

It also houses the Recovery College which offers a wide range of courses and group activities to help people recovering from mental illness to promote wellbeing and resilience.

Councillor Cattell, who represents Preston Park Ward, said: “For 50 years, the recovery centre in Preston Park has played an important role in providing help and support to our city’s residents when they’ve been at their most vulnerable.”

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