We believe education about substances, life choices, and general health
have a massive impact on recovery and leading the life you want to lead. This page is full of resources and signposting to help you reach your goals.

Physical Health
Mental Health
Sexual Health

Physical Health

Physical activity is one of the most beneficial ways to help your body produce reward and good mood chemicals. Here’s a brief guide and some easy steps to take toward building a good routine:

  • 75-150 minutes of physical activity per week is recommended. This can be something as simple as walking or more intense such as running, swimming, aerobics
  • Competitive sports are also good for forming new relationships
  • Exercise relieves stress, reduces the risk of heart disease
  • Yoga helps with mental wellbeing and mindfulness

Motivating Yourself to Exercise

  • Remind yourself of your goals
  • Consider how much energy you’ll have to get more things done
  • Imagine how relaxed you’ll feel after a workout
  • Think of your exercise time as the only time you may get to yourself all day
  • Think of all the diseases and illnesses your workout could protect you from


FITT is an easy way to remember the exercise variables you can manipulate to avoid plateaus and to keep your body challenged:

  • Frequency – how often you exercise
  • Intensity – how hard you exercise
  • Time – how long you exercise
  • Type – the type of exercise you’re doing (e.g. running, walking, etc.)

For example:

  • Frequency – Add one more day of walking.
  • Intensity – Add short bursts of jogging, speed walking, or hill training
  • Time – Add 10 to 15 minutes to your usual workout time
  • Type – Do a different activity, such as cycling, swimming, or aerobics

Rest and Recovery

You can often do cardio every day (though you may want to rest after very intense workouts), however, you should have at least a day of rest between strength training workouts. It is best practice not to work the same muscles two days in a row to give your body the time it needs to rest and recover.


Diet, like exercise, can really influence your mood and physical health. Just remember your body is a machine and choosing what to fuel it with has a massive impact on your health and wellbeing.

Fruit and Vegetables

Fruit and vegetables are a vital source of vitamins and minerals and should make up just over a third of the food we eat each day.

It’s advised that we eat at least five portions of a variety of fruit and vegetables every day.

There’s evidence that people who eat at least five portions a day have a lower risk of heart disease, stroke, and some cancers.

Eating five portions is not as hard as it sounds. Just one apple, banana, pear or similar-sized fruit counts as one portion (80g).


Starchy foods should make up just over a third of everything we eat. This means we should base our meals on these foods.

Potatoes with the skins on are a great source of fibre and vitamins. For example, when having boiled potatoes or a jacket potato, eat the skin too.

Try to choose wholegrain or wholemeal varieties of starchy foods, such as brown rice, whole wheat pasta and brown, wholemeal or higher fibre white bread. They contain more fibre, and usually more vitamins and minerals, than white varieties.


Beans, pulses, fish, eggs and meat are all good sources of protein, which is essential for the body to grow and repair itself. They’re also good sources of a range of vitamins and minerals.

Eggs and pulses (including beans, nuts and seeds) are also great sources of protein.

Nuts are high in fibre and a good alternative to snacks high in saturated fat, but they do still contain high levels of fat, so eat them in moderation.

Meat is a good source of protein, vitamins and minerals, including iron, zinc and B vitamins. It’s also one of the main sources of vitamin B12. Try to eat lean cuts of meat and skinless poultry whenever possible to cut down on fat.


Some fat in the diet is essential but should be limited to small amounts.

It’s important to get most of our fat from unsaturated oils and spreads. Swapping to unsaturated fats can help lower cholesterol.

Mental Health

As mentioned, mental health can be greatly influenced by both physical health and your diet but often there are other large factors to keeping good mental health. Below are a few pointers to help raise your mental health level.


Seven to nine hours of sleep per night allows the body to repair, reduces the risk of heart disease and stroke, improves concentration, and improves immune function.

Both cannabis and alcohol block REM (rapid eye movement) sleep which is the time when dreams occur. This may reduce a person’s ability to cope with problems in daily life and cause migraines.

REM sleep increases the production of proteins which allows muscles within the body to repair. It also allows memories from throughout the day to be reinforced.

Breathing exercises for sleep: breathe in for four seconds, hold for seven seconds, breathe out for eight seconds, repeat.

Regularity is most important – go to bed, and wake up at the same time every day.

Diets high in sugar and low in fibre tend not to be good for sleep – results in less deep sleep and your sleep ends up being more fragmented.


Mindfulness is a technique with roots in Buddhism and meditation. Its main aims are to help you become more self-aware, make better emotional choices, cope with difficult thoughts and be kinder to yourself. There are many ways to help you achieve mindfulness but here are some simple ones:

Creative arts

Mindful colouring and drawing is an easy way to start. There are many mindfulness colouring books available but it can be as simple as focusing on the colours and shades rather than what you are drawing.

Breathing exercises

Exhale completely through your mouth. Close your mouth and inhale quietly through your nose to a mental count of four. Hold your breath for a count of seven. Exhale completely through your mouth. This is one breath. Now inhale again and repeat the cycle three more times for a total of four breaths.

Body Scan

Focus on different parts of your body from the top of your head to your toes noticing any textures, pressures, temperatures or other sensations as you move through your body.


Once you’re sitting comfortably (or lying down), start to become aware of your breath. Notice its sensations. Don’t force yourself to breathe, but instead just observe. Get curious about all of the sensations of breathing. One of the biggest obstacles to meditation is your own thinking what we “think” meditation should be–instead of what it actually is. You’ll never be free from distractions at the start, maybe after years of meditation you’ll experience deep transcendental moments, but those will still be rare. Over time, the moments of distraction will decrease.

Mindfulness Literature

  • 10% Happier by Dan Harris
  • I Am Here Now by The Mindfulness Project
  • The Headspace Guide to Meditation & Mindfulness by Andy Puddicombe
  • The Little Book of Mindfulness by Dr. Patrizia Collard
  • Mindfulness: An Eight-Week Plan for Finding Peace in a Frantic World by Mark Williams and Danny Penman

What is Sexual Health?

Sex and sexuality are important parts of our emotional and physical health.

Being sexually healthy means:

  • Being able to communicate about sexual health with sexual partners and healthcare professionals
  • Recognising and respecting the sexual rights we all share
  • Having access to sexual health education and healthcare
  • Preventing unintended pregnancies and STDs and seeking treatment when needed

STIs - Sexually Transmitted Diseases

What is a sexually transmitted infection?

Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) are passed during sexual contact. They are passed on during vaginal, anal and oral sex, as well as through close genital contact with an infected partner.

STIs can fall into four categories:

  • Viral infections -herpes, hepatitis B, genital warts and HIV
  • Bacterial infections – chlamydia, gonorrhoea and syphilis
  • Parasitic infections – pubic lice
  • Fungal infections – thrush

Some STIs will cause physical symptoms:

  • In men, this can include pain or discomfort when passing urine, discharge from the penis, genital lesions and testicular discomfort.
  • In women, this can include abnormal bleeding between periods or after sex, abnormal vaginal discharge, pain or discomfort during sex, lower abdominal pain and genital lesions.

However, many people who have contracted an STI will have no symptoms. You should have a sexual health screening if you have a new partner, if you have unprotected sex or if you have any of the above symptoms. Getting tested is free with your GP or at a sexual health clinic.

Alcohol Drugs and Sex

Drugs and alcohol affect your sexual health and wellbeing.

Unprotected Sex

Alcohol and drugs encourage risk-taking behaviour, this includes having sex that we might not normally have. When under the influence of drugs and alcohol using a condom might be forgotten which leads to the spread of STIs and unplanned pregnancies.

Unwanted Sex

Alcohol and drugs can affect our judgement and lead us to have sex we may regret the next day. Sexual abuse is never the victim’s fault but being under the influence may make us more venerable to dangerous situations.


Alcohol and drugs lower sperm count in men and can make it harder for women to get pregnant, women periods can stop altogether if they are drinking heavily.

Poor sexual performance

Alcohol and drugs numb the nerve cells in our sex organs; this can make it hard to reach orgasm. Being intoxicated can also make us clumsier which leads to poor sexual performance.


Sexual consent is important, and when people are intoxicated it can make sexual consent more complicated. If you or your partner are intoxicated make sure you check the sex that you’re having is consensual by asking: Do you still want to do this? Is that okay?

When in doubt, don’t initiate or continue, and instead ask again when all involved are sober. Individuals can have consensual sex after they have been drinking or doing drugs. However, being intoxicated can affect our judgement.

Sex Work

Some sex workers use crack cocaine, sniff cocaine, or use ketamine. Some inject heroin. Some are on methadone. Many are also drinking alcohol, and therefore increasing the risks of their drug use.

Clients often bring drugs to their appointment, expecting sex workers to use with them. Others expect them to provide drugs.

Drugs are used as a way of escapism, to desensitise themselves, or because sex is more fun on them. Many will use cocaine to stay awake longer so as to have more clients.

Female sex workers can get support from the Sex Workers’ Outreach Project (SWOP) at Oasis. Please contact them on 01273 696970 for more details, or visit

Male sex workers can get support from Gary Smith, our LGBT+ worker. Gary can be contacted on 01273 731900.

Drug Info
Resources (Padlets)
Service Leaflets
Alcohol Awareness Week Resources

Drug Info

Pavilions has its own Health Promotion department that produces various leaflets and booklets. Our booklets are available to read online or order through emailing us directly. Click on 'order' to email us and reference the booklet name and the amount you would like to order.

Resources (Padlets)

Padlets are an online resource where we have collated various media around specific subjects that are useful for everyone. Click the image below to see the full range available.

Link to online padlet resources


Service Leaflets

Pavilions has its own Health Promotion team that produces various leaflets and booklets. Our booklets are available to read online or order through emailing us directly. Click on order to email us and reference the booklet name and the amount you would like to order.

Alcohol Awareness Week Resources

• These resources were produced by Alcohol Change UK ( in support of Alcohol Awareness Week 2019. • They are available for anyone to download and use in order to promote safer drinking. • Please ignore the 'order' button as you can download them by clicking 'read'. • Please note: Pavilions is not responsible for the content of these resources, nor for maintaining them


We offer various pieces of training for those that work in the drug and alcohol field. These range from basic drug and alcohol training to motivational interviewing and current drug trends. We also offer bespoke training which are flexible and made to fit the needs of the organisation.

They are all FREE to those who work within Brighton and Hove.

To apply for a course you need to sign up to Learning Gateway Hub then follow the link here

To request a bespoke training course for your service please fill out the form here

DABAC (Drug & Alcohol Basic Awareness Course) 2-day course

  • Explore our own attitudes to substance use
  • Define the categories which substances fit into & their associated effects
  • Identify reasons for substance use & the impact it can have on users, their families/carers & the wider community
  • Outline the current trends within substance misuse
  • Identify the challenges of behaviour change and practice using the Cycle of change model
  • Explore harm reduction and recovery
  • Develop harm reduction knowledge & overdose awareness
  • Identify when & how to refer to specialist services

Blood Borne Viruses & Safer Injecting

  • Describe the epidemiology, transmission & screening of BBV’s
  • Explore attitudes & how they can impact on service delivery
  • Identify health & safety issues for service users & the workforce in relation to BBV’s
  • Identify & promote safer injecting & safer sex practices
  • Identify & refer to local harm reduction & health services

Alcohol Screening, Brief Advice & Interventions

  • Define & explain key messages around alcohol
  • Recognise the importance of brief interventions
  • Practice screening using the AUDIT C & AUDIT screening tool
  • Practice delivery of simple brief advice & interventions
  • Identify when & how to refer to specialist services

Drugs, Current Trends – What and Why?

  • Expand knowledge of substances & their function
  • Deeper knowledge of drug classification
  • Explore best practice in responding to users needs
  • Increase confidence in responding to emerging trends
  • Look at vulnerable groups, why they may use and the risks – chemsex users and hostel residents

Motivational Interviewing

  • Define Motivational Interviewing (MI) and how it relates to a model of behaviour change
  • List key strengths of MI for facilitating change
  • Describe principles of MI
  • Assess readiness for change and motivation
  • Explore ambivalence using the decision matrix
  • Build basic skill application of Motivational Interviewing
  • Leave with some practical MI Tools to use in their practice

Working with Older People who use Substances

  • Recognise indications of alcohol and other drugs use and their effects on the over 50s
  • Communicate health risks of substance use to professionals, colleagues & older people
  • Describe reasons and contexts for alcohol and other drug use amongst older people, and how we can respond effectively
  • Understand reasons for early interventions with older people
  • Practice adapting brief interventions and motivational interviewing tools
  • List and refer appropriately to local agencies according to levels of needs

Domestic Abuse & Substance Use

  • Identify the issues facing clients who are affected by both domestic abuse and substance use, and how these issues may affect or obstruct their access to appropriate service provision
  • Outline strategies and skills appropriate for addressing presenting needs of clients who are experiencing domestic abuse and problematic substance use
  • Approach the dual issues in an integrated way through partnership working and effective referral processes

Dual Diagnosis: Mental Health & Substance Use

  • Develop knowledge of dual diagnosis – definitions, attitudes & experience
  • Understand the nature of the complex relationship between mental ill health and substance use
  • Identify the impact of DD and other key issues facing clients & how these may affect or obstruct their access to appropriate service provision
  • List ways of working effectively as a non-specialist with people experiencing psychosis, PTSD and other key diagnoses
  • Identify effective engagement and stabilising strategies
  • Be aware of treatment pathways and key service providers in the city

Prescription & Over-the-Counter Medication

  • Explain what misuse, dependence, and addiction to prescribed and OTC medicines means
  • List the main categories and types of medicines people could abuse, misuse or become addicted to and where these are obtained
  • Identify at-risk groups of people who could become dependent on POM/OTC drugs
  • Identify possible symptoms of POM/OTC dependence/abuse
  • List ways of working effectively with people using meds
  • Describe local services and online resources which can help people with problems with these drugs

Supporting People with Problem Gambling and Substance Misuse

  • Demonstrate awareness of key facts and beliefs about gambling
  • Explain the link between gambling and alcohol/substance misuse
  • Practice skills and increase confidence in using a GAST G screening tool
  • Develop knowledge of tools and models used to support problem gamblers, including those struggling with alcohol/substance misuse issues.
  • Demonstrate awareness of local services in for those who require support

What is Chemsex?

Chemsex – the use of certain drugs to enhance or facilitate sex – has established itself on the gay scene, linked to the way gay men interact with each other and treat each other. Otherwise known as getting ‘high and horny’ or ‘party and play’ – those who take part in chemsex do so to change the sex they are having. In some cases, the mostly gay and bi men who use Chems, will ‘slam’ or inject these drugs.

We are also seeing more cases of straight, trans and pansexual individuals and groups using Chems too.

The rise in Chemsex is linked to the increased use of mobile dating and hook-up apps such as Grindr.

Drugs used in Chemsex

The drugs (‘Chems’) used most frequently are:

  • Methamphetamine (Crystal/Crystal Meth/Tina/Meth)
  • Mephedrone (Meph/Drone)
  • Gammahydroxybutyrate/Gammabutyrolactone (GHB/GBL, G, Gina)

Chemsex usually involves using one or more of these three drugs, in any combination, to facilitate or enhance sex. The heightened sexual focus experienced by participants enables more extreme sex, for longer periods and unsafe sex practices are common.

Why are drugs used at sex parties?

Because it can be really fun! Many men find that they are having better sex with many more men and feel part of a tribe. On Chems, sex sessions can be incredibly horny, extreme or extended. Drugs like crystal meth can produce a sense of connection with sexual partners never met before, and can temporarily ease low self-esteem and intimacy issues.

As long as it’s fun, and you’ve got a lot of friends, it might be ok. But once you start questioning the fun, or when you admit you might have lost control, sex buddies often disappear.

What about you? Do you use because everyone seems to do it? Is it the lack of confidence, because you are out of shape, or think you are too old? Is it the struggle with your HIV status? What if you miss profound connections or steady partners? Is it that the majority of potential partners on dating apps are only interested in having sex if drugs are involved? Or maybe you just do not feel horny sober?

People use drugs to serve the purpose they need addressing. It is often tied up with fear and rejection.  Whatever the reasons, there often seems to be a typical process that some gay men go through in relation to chemsex. At some point, a man is feeling lonely or bored. He is looking for connection and intimacy and tries to meet some of those needs using dating apps and social media. He gets introduced to drugs in a sexual context and gets more involved in the chemsex scene. There are many gay men who use drugs without having difficulties. But for some men, this becomes problematic. Eventually someone might withdraw from chemsex, at which point he becomes lonely again.

How can Chemsex affect you and your life?

At Pavilions we focus on Chemsex that has become problematic.

Some men feel they have lost control. They often participate in sex marathons which go on for days. They experience physical issues like sleeping problems, losing weight, dental problems, and dehydration. Mental issues such as depression, psychotic episodes, and suicidal tendencies might also occur. Some men lose jobs, houses, and partners due to their drug use. Some have become reliant on drugs and find it difficult or impossible to have sex without them. The BMJ has also highlighted that taking part in Chemsex puts people at greater risk of passing out, having a panic attack or being sexually assaulted.

Another issue concerns sexual health risks. Drugs like crystal meth and GHB can make someone so aroused that they can only focus on the possibility of sexual gratification. Concerns relating to infection or transmission of HIV or other STIs become secondary. Drug use in the sexual session has limited their capacity to attend to risk at the appropriate time and maintain the preferred, safer sex behaviour.

Keeping yourself safe on Chems

  • Use condoms, lube and gloves.
  • Never share your needles: Use Pavilions’ needle exchange for clean works.
  • Rimming or giving head after anal sex puts you at risk of shigella: use and change condoms between anal/oral sex and wash hands/bum/penis after sex. Avoid sex until a week after symptom cessation
  • Know about the drugs you are taking and their risks/after effects.
  • Get regularly tested for STIs, HIV and hepatitis C.
  • If there has been a risk of having contracted HIV due to unsafe sex, get PEP straight away from a sexual health clinic (Claude Nicol, Morley Street) or from A&E.
  • Terence Higgins Trust provides information about reducing the risks of Chemsex.

How can Pavilions help?

At Pavilions, we respect MSM’s sexual culture and shared sexual spaces. We know that it can be difficult to accept that people are coming to harm in uninhibited, horny, fun party spaces. We also recognise that many men feel obliged to censor and suppress some of their emotions in order to have sex or may use drugs to overcome their inhibitions. We therefore support men to reflect on the ways they could have better sex, with richer emotional experiences and deeper personal connections. Sober (Chems free) sex might be one of a ways.

Pavilions staff will support you to look at and reduce the range of physical, mental, social and relational harms that the many men using Chems regularly experience. We can help you reduce the risk of overdosing with GHB/GBL too.

In order to withdraw from chemsex, men might have to reconstruct their social network and social life. Finding  ‘safe spaces’ where they can reconnect with gay men on a social, rather than sexual level might mean joining a choir, a running club, and different social groups.

If you would like to discuss any of the issues above, or if you have decided to make some changes around your Chems use, get in touch with Pavilions’ LGBT specialist worker.  Whether your goals is abstinence, taking a short break, playing more safely or if you are not sure about what you want to do, come and talk to us. We work in a person-centred way, helping you work towards whatever goal you have set for yourself.

Alternatively, this online guide will help you to identify a goal, and work toward it. Just follow the prompts:

If you want more information on typical Chems used in parties, and how to use more safely, we strongly recommend you visit

If you have any sexual health worries, Clinic M offers a confidential sexual health service to gay and bisexual men and other men who have sex with men regardless of HIV status on Wednesday evening:

If you are taking HIV medication, the following websites discuss the possible  interactions between recreational drugs and HIV medicines: and

Non-consensual sex

On Chems, sexual activity can be more diverse but there is also the possibility that personal boundaries can be pushed too far.

Have you ever received any unwanted sexual attention at parties? Have you ever been made to feel like you have to have sex? Have you ever had sex you weren’t aware of at the time? Do you feel like you can say ‘no’ to sex at parties?

You might have heard of men who, during sexual marathons that last for days, pass out on GHB or GBL, while the sex continues to take place. When they come around, they often have no recollection of what happened.  Many wonder if this could be considered rape or if it’s just a part of the game. This often triggers immense shame and guilt.

Male victims of sexual assault or rape often do not report the incident to police or to healthcare professionals. Under-reporting may be linked to concerns about masculinity, the stigma of being a victim of sexual assault, a fear of being not believed, or not being aware that what has happened was a crime.

In the context of Chemsex, many men feel that their drug use or being in a highly sexualised environment blurs the line around consent. Overdosing means that men might drift in and out of consciousness or may cycle between pleasure and distress while having sex.

Under UK law, a person who is incapacitated through drink or drugs, or is unconscious, cannot give their consent to a sexual act.

If you have experienced any of the above, we would suggest you contact They have an online helpline service (Mon – Fri 10:30am-9pm, Sat – Sun 10am-6pm) for men who have experienced sexual abuse either as a child or an adult and allows you to have a confidential one-to-one chat with one of our trained help-liners. They also speak to close friends and family.


Advice Centre

Provided by Possibility People, Disability Advice in Brighton and Hove is a confidential advice and information service for disabled people, their carers and workers. They provide information and support on a wide range of disability matters. They also offer welfare advice, help with filling in forms, and a support service.

Opening hours:
Monday-Friday 10am-4pm (telephone advisors)
Alternatively there is a drop in session:
Mondays, 10am - 3pm and Fridays, 10am-3pm.

Telephone number: 01273 894050 or 07774 910064 (text service for the deaf or hard of hearing).
Email address:

Address: Montague House Montague Place Brighton, BN2 1JE United Kingdom

Access Point

Brighton and Hove Council’s Adult Social Care department aims to protect, care for and support vulnerable people. Provides information, signposting and referrals to a range of services. The website includes information about Access Point in a range of different languages.

Opening hours: Monday - Friday 8.30 - 5pm

Telephone number: 01273 295555
Email address:

Address: Adult Social Care, 2nd Floor, Bartholomew House, Bartholomew Square, Brighton BN1 1JP

Adult ADHD Support Group Brighton

Brighton Adult ADHD Support Group is a relaxed peer led support group based in brighton for adults (18+) with or seeking a diagnosis of ADHD to share experiences, coping strategies and support.

They meet every 2nd Wednesday of the month, and you’re welcome to drop in any time between 7pm – 9pm at the Brightelm Centre, Roof Room (top floor)

Email address:

As You Are Centre

A registered charity, As You Are provides low-cost one-to-one and couples counselling to people living in Brighton and Hove, Portslade, Southwick, Shoreham, Lancing and Worthing.

The initial assessment is free, after which sessions are charged on a sliding scale of £8-£35 for individual counselling, or £16-£40 for duo/couples counselling, depending on income. Clients are usually offered up to 24 weekly 50 minute sessions.

Prices and details can change, so it may be worthwhile to check before booking.

Telephone number: 01273 871576 (press option 2 for As You Are) Monday & Tuesday evenings 6-9pm and Saturdays 10-1pm OR 07952 754859 OR 07507 706478
Email address:

Address: 45 Southwick Street, Southwick, BN42 4TH

BHEDS Peer to Peer Support Group – Family, Friends and Carers

This support group allows carers as well as family and friends of those suffering from eating disorders to share and discuss their experiences with other carers within monthly meetings. Through this, service users are given the opportunity to receive peer support; seek information and advice on eating disorders to enable better understanding of symptoms; and seek information regarding gateways to support (e.g. counselling, other therapies and support groups).

Opening hours: The last Wednesday of the month, 7.00-8.30pm

Telephone number: 0300 304 0090
Email address:

Address: East Brighton Community Mental Health Centre, Brighton General Hospital, Elm Grove, Brighton, BN2 3EW

BHT Brighton Advice Centre

BHT Brighton Advice Centre offers information and legal representation on housing, accommodation and immigration issues to people who are eligible for Legal Aid.

Opening hours:
Reception: Monday to Friday from 9am – 12.30pm or 1.30pm – 4.30pm. Legal Housing Advice
Drop-ins: Monday to Wednesday and Friday from 9.15am – 12.30pm

Telephone number: 01273 234737
Email address:

Address: 113 Queens Rd, Brighton BN1 3XG

Black and Minority Ethnic Community Partnership

BME offers a wide range of services for Black and Minority Ethnic groups.

Current projects and services include: Elders Activities, One-Stop-Shop, Diverse Community Groups and Representing BME Issues.

Telephone number: 0300 303 1171
Email address:

Address: 10a Fleet Street, Brighton BN1 4ZE

Break Even

Breakeven provide free specialist counselling to anyone affected by problem gambling, whether they gamble themselves or are affected by the gambling of a family member or friend. They can provide male or female counsellors, are completely confidential, and abide by the BACP Code of Ethics and Practice.

Telephone number: 01273 833722
Email address:

Address: Brighton Business Centre, 95 Ditchling Road, Brighton BN1 4ST

Brighton Bothways

The Brighton Bothways Community Group is a group established to provide a safe and supportive environment for people to explore issues surrounding their bisexuality and to be affirmed in their journey. It aims to do this through providing social, cultural and creative activities.

Membership is open to anyone who is exploring their bisexuality or supportive of those who are.

Telephone number: 07505 385094 - Please leave a message and we will call back.
Email address:

Brighton and Hove Food Partnership

Brighton & Hove Food Partnership is a not-for-profit organisation that delivers a range of community projects such as cookery courses for beginners and those looking to teach others, helping people start new community gardens, tips and advice on reducing food waste at home, setting up community composting sites across the city, healthy eating advice and workshops, advice on food poverty and support for food banks, weight management programmes for adults and families.

They offer a referral service to gardens for people who would like to find out more and can give one to one advice sessions to enable people to find the most suitable projects for them to try. They can also give advice about gardens that are run for particular groups (carers, people with mental health issues) or who work with people with extra support needs. This is an opportunity for all ages, and all levels of fitness, from hard-core diggers to people who like a bit of a potter, complete beginners or experienced growers, and it’s fun too.

Telephone number: 01273 431700
Email address:

Address: Brighton & Hove Food Partnership, Brighthelm Centre, North Road, Brighton, BN1 1YD

Brighton and Hove Speak Out

Speak Out supports people with learning disabilities to have more control over their lives by providing: individual advocacy; advocacy in groups; training and raising awareness in services and communities and campaigning for changes in services and policies.

Opening hours:
9am - 5pm
Telephone number: 01273 421 921
Email address:

Address: Brighthelm Centre, North Road, Brighton, BN1 1YD

Brighton and Hove Recovery College

The Recovery College uses education to support the recovery of people with mental health challenges. It is open to anyone aged 18 and over with lived experience of mental health challenges, their friends, family and carers. All their courses are free and designed and delivered by people with lived experience of mental health challenges, together with clinical staff and other professionals. Courses range in length from one-day workshops to longer courses running for 8 weeks, on subjects ranging from ‘Mindfulness’ to ‘Navigating Mental Health Services’.

Telephone number: 01273 749500
Email address:

Address: 18 Preston Park Avenue, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 6HL

Brighton & Hove Wellbeing Service

Brighton & Hove Wellbeing Service can provide access to talking therapies, a guided self-help service, and a community support service, which can offer talking therapies and courses to promote wellbeing.

This is an NHS service, and is free of charge.
Brighton and Hove Wellbeing Service also offers SilverCloud – free online supported CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy), tailored to your specific needs. These programmes have demonstrated high improvement rates for depression, anxiety and stress

Telephone number: 0300 002 0060
Email address:

Brighton Homeless Service, St John Ambulance

Brighton Homeless Service provides a primary health care service to homeless and vulnerably housed people across four sites in Brighton and Hove. They also have a podiatrist two or three times a month. They are able to provide advocacy and also refer onto other local agencies.

Opening hours:
Call 01273 371 539 to confirm the following locations:

Monday - First Base Day Centre 9.00am – 11.00am. Primarily for rough sleepers, but they will see others (provided they are not barred from the building)
Thursday – 6.30pm – 7.30pm at the Peace Statue, open to all

Telephone number: 01273 371539
Email address:

Brighton & Hove Switchboard

Brighton & Hove Switchboard has a new group for LGBTQ disabled people who live in and around the city of Brighton and Hove. This group provides an opportunity for meet-ups, discussion, social events, volunteering, raising awareness both in LGBTQ scenes/services and in ‘mainstream’ services and MORE.
For more information please contact Sarah-Kye by email (email address provided below).

Telephone number: Switchboard Helpline: 01273 204050 Switchboard Admin number: 01273 234009
Email address:

Brighton Unemployed Centre Families Project

Brighton Unemployed Centre Families Project (BUCFP) provides practical support, education and recreation for those in poor housing, benefit claimants, unwaged people and those on low incomes. Services include a range of courses, computer support, affordable café serving a vegan lunch daily at 1pm (Monday – Friday), crèche, welfare rights advice (including support with completing forms, contacting the DWP or local authority, lodging appeals and support with the tribunals service

Confidential Welfare Rights Line: 01273 676171 (answerphone – please leave a message)
Opening hours:
General opening hours:
Monday: 10am - 2pm
Tuesday - Friday: 10am - 4pm
Welfare advice drop-in opening hours:
Monday: 10am-1pm
Tuesday to Thursday: 10am-1pm & 2-4pm
Friday: 2-4pm

Telephone number: Reception: 01273 601211 / 01273 676213
Email address:

Address: 6 Tilbury Place, Brighton, England, BN2 0GY

Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) Brighton and Hove

The Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) in Brighton and Hove offer General advice on any legal subject including: benefits, work, debt and money, consumer, relationships, housing, discrimination, healthcare and education, with specialist help on complex issues.

Telephone number: 01273 223951

Address: Tisbury Road Offices, Hove Town Hall, Tisbury Road, Hove BN3 3BQ

CAP Brighton and Hove – Free Debt Counselling

Christians Against Poverty (CAP) Brighton and Hove is a charity that provides free debt counselling for everyone, regardless of faith or religion, through a series of home visits.

They provide top quality debt management and offer an effective and reliable solution to those struggling under the burden of debt. They empower people to work themselves out of debt by giving budgeting advice, contacting creditors and providing a CAP Account. Using these tools, along with readily available support, they see many people transform their finances and become debt free.

Telephone number: 0800 328 0006

Address: Holland Road Baptist Church, 65-71 Holland Road, Brighton BN3 1JN

Children’s Centres in Brighton & Hove

Children’s centres are for families with children under five. Together the centres offer a wide range of services including:

Health visitors
Midwifery services
Play sessions for children
Parenting support
Groups for dads
Groups and services for families from minority ethnic communities
Services for disabled children
Speech and language support
Support for post natal depression
Teenage parents’ support
Advice about getting a job or training

Telephone number: Family Information Service 01273 293545

Clare Project

The Clare Project aims to provide a safe and confidential place for people to explore issues surrounding their Gender identity. Offers a weekly drop in.

The Clare Project drop-in is from 2.30 to 5.30pm every Tuesday, except the first Tuesday of each month when the drop in is 5.00pm - 7.30pm.

Email address:

Address: Dorset Gardens Methodist Church, Dorset Gardens BN2 1RL, Brighton.

Community Base

A home for community and voluntary groups in Brighton and Hove which provides a friendly, supportive environment where all groups can work together, share their expertise and provide much needed services.

Opening hours:
8.30am - 4.30pm Monday to Friday

Telephone number: 01273 234002
Email address:

Address: 113 Queens Rd, Brighton BN1 3XG

Community Roots

We're a network of local services committed to supporting good mental health and wellbeing in Brighton and Hove.

If you need support, or know somebody that does, please give us a ring on 0808 196 1768 (freephone) and we will help you navigate and access services.

We're available Monday to Friday between 9am to 5pm.

Cruse Bereavement Care

Offers information and support to anyone who has been affected by a death. Services include one-2-one counselling, drop-in, service information, social support and practical advice. The East Sussex branch of Cruse offers individual one-to-one bereavement support and drop-in group sessions. These services are free.

Monday- Friday. Brighton line opening hours: 10.30am-12.00noon, Drop-in is on Wednesday mornings 10am to 12.15. The first hour is for newcomers.

Telephone number: 01273 234007 Brighton line opening hours: 9.00am-12.00 noon, Day by Day help helpline 0844 477 9400
Email address:

Address: Community Base, 113 Queens Road, BN1 3XG

First Base

The First Base Day Centre offers a range of services to support people who are sleeping rough or insecurely housed in the city. Services available include: dentistry, podiatry, a nurse, mental health advice and support, and accommodation and relocation services.

Telephone number: 01273 326844

Address: St Stephens Hall/Montpelier Pl, Brighton BN1 3BF

Gardening for Health and Wellbeing – B&H Food Partnership

This project offers individuals of all ages and levels of fitness, complete beginners or experienced growers, the opportunity to get outdoors in a number of community gardens across Brighton & Hove to engage in a wide range of activities based around gardening. Under the supervision of experienced gardeners, you will engage in activities such as planting and seed sowing, harvesting produce, clearing ground in preparation for food growing and general site maintenance.

Telephone number: 01273 431700
Email address:

Address: Brighton & Hove Food Partnership, Brighthelm Centre, North Road, Brighton BN1 1YD

Gateway – A centre for Women

Gateway Women’s centre at Off The Fence is a service for women experiencing periods of difficulty, abuse, isolation and loneliness.
The Centre offers services that include a warm and caring drop in centre where the women can talk confidentially to trained staff, they come and learn new skills in various workshops and also receive help and support in both practical and emotional areas of their lives.
Gateway aims to: offer a safe environment, offer emotional support, listen and not judge, enable change, be client led, without an agenda, provide relevant support for each individual.

They offer: drop in service, workshops, befriending

Opening hours: Wednesdays and Thursdays 10am-12.30pm

Telephone number: 01273 417597
Email address:

Address: 52 Station Road, Portslade BN41 1DF


Mankind is a support and resource service for men who have been sexually abused, sexually assaulted and/or raped. Offers one on one counselling for men who have been sexually abused, and for partners, family, and friends of men who have been sexually abused; couple counselling; and therapeutic groups. Resources include an extensive library of books, DVDs, and research papers.

Counselling is provided on a donation basis – clients discuss with their counsellor and agree a donation amount on a weekly basis, usually between £1-£40, or no charge if clients are out of work and/or cannot afford it.

Telephone number: 01273 911 680
Email address:

Address: 1 Brunswick Road, Hove BN3 1DG

Mind in Brighton and Hove

Mind works to promote good mental health in the city of Brighton and Hove, and across West Sussex. We seek to empower people to lead a full life as part of their local community. To achieve these aims Mind in Brighton and Hove: promotes mental health in our community; works with mental health ‘service users’ to increase their influence and control over their own lives; challenges discrimination and promotes social inclusion; campaigns and raises funds; works in partnership with other organisations; involves service users and volunteers in our work; focuses on quality in service provision.

Telephone number: 01273 66 69 50
Email address:

Address: 51 New England St, Brighton BN1 4GQ

MindOut LGBTQ Mental Health Service

MindOut is run by and for LGBTQ people. They provide a range of services including: advocacy (including specialist Trans Advocacy), advice and information, casework support, peer support groups, peer mentoring, suicide prevention, mental health promotion, anti-stigma events, mental health and LGBTQ-related workshops and courses, and an out of hours online support service. Their website states that their services are free, confidential, independent and impartial.

Opening hours:
Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm

Telephone number: 01273 234839
Email address:

Address: Community Base, 113 Queens Road, Brighton BN1 3XG

Mindline Trans+

Mindline Trans+ is a confidential emotional, mental health support line for people who identify as Trans, Agender, Gender fluid, Non-binary, and are also here to support family members and friends and to provide signposting to other services and resources.

The MindLine Trans+ provides a safe place to talk about your feelings confidentially. They don’t record calls nor ask for any personal details. Their listeners will try to understand the multitude of feelings and concerns that may be going on for you. They are here to listen and offer our support.
MindLine Trans+ is a national service open to callers nationwide.

Please feel free to download and share the MindLine Trans+ Flyer or visit their Facebook and Twitter pages for service updates.

Opening hours:
2 evenings a week, Mondays and Fridays from 8pm to midnight.

Telephone number: 0300 330 5468

Money Advice Plus

Money Advice Plus is a charity based in Brighton and Hove which helps and supports people experiencing difficulty managing their money or financial affairs.

Services include: telephone advice and casework, face to face advice (either at a drop-in, or through home visits or other ways to arrange contact where clients have particular needs), debt advice and support, welfare benefits advice (including casework and representation at tribunals) money handling, talks and education. Most services are free. Money Advice Plus provides the Moneyworks telephone helpline.

Opening hours: Moneyworks money and debt advice line: Mon, Tues & Thurs 10am-4pm, Wed 5-8pm and Fri 10am-2pm

Telephone number: General info: 01273 664000 - Text phone: 01273 664036 - Moneyworks advice line (money and debt advice) 01273 - 809288
Email address:

Address: Hove Town Hall, Norton Road, Hove BN3 3BQ


Moneyworks is a council-funded project offering money and debt advice to people living in Brighton and Hove. They provide a telephone helpline, as well as drop-in and appointment sessions in a number of locations. They offer advice and practical help on a wide range of issues, including benefits, managing debt, bank accounts, managing bills, housing, eating well on a budget, and more.

Monday - 3pm - 7pm
Tuesday - 10am - 2pm
Wednesday - 12.30pm - 4.30pm
Thursday - 12.30 - 4.30pm
Friday - 10am -2pm

(For drop-ins and appointments see website)

Telephone number: 0800 988 7037
Email address:

Address: c/o Brighton and Hove CAB, 1 Tisbury Road, Hove, BN3 4AH

One Stop Shop for Refugees and Asylum Seekers

Drop-in organised by BMECP. Providing money advice (offered by Money Advice Plus) and a hate crime service

Opening hours: Every Friday 11am - 4pm

Telephone number: 0300 303 1171
Email address:

Address: BMECP Centre, 10 A Fleet Street, Brighton, BN1 4ZE

Parents and Carers Group (Formerly Sara’s Group) – Allsorts youth project

Run by Allsorts youth project, the Parents and Carers Group (formerly known as Sara’s Group) is provided as a welcoming space for parents and carers of children or young people that are trans or gender questioning.

The group offers the opportunity to meet with other parent/carers with similar experiences.

Telephone number: Allsorts office - 01273 721211
Email address:

Address: Young People’s Centre, 69 Ship Street, Brighton BN1 1AE

Refugee Radio

Refugee Radio is a charity that was formed by refugee and human rights workers in 2008. They are run by a board of Trustees, including refugees and broadcasters who support refugees, asylum seekers and vulnerable migrants. They run community projects supporting people experiencing mental health issues, isolation and social exclusion; using radio and music to give a voice to those who do not have one. They provide a weekly Resilience Support Group which provides support with issues including stress, depression, PTSD and Anxiety; and also a casework service that provides advice and support with health, housing, benefits, work and education.
Refugees, Asylum Seekers & Migrants Resilience Support Group - Every Monday, 3pm-6pm

Telephone number: 01273 234868 or 07809 583628
Email address:

Address: Community Base, 113 Queens Road Brighton, BN1 3XG


Rise offers advice, advocacy, support and crisis accommodation for anyone (of any gender) affected by domestic abuse, including low cost one-to-one and group counselling.

They run specialist Support for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer or Intersex People experiencing domestic violence.
They run specialist training courses on domestic abuse awareness for professionals and preventative education in schools.
Drop-In Surgery Day: Wednesdays 9am-12 noon. Location: Hove Town Hall. For anyone worried about a partner, former partner, friend or family member.

Telephone number: Rise Helpline: 01273 622822 General Enquiries: 0300 323 9985 Domestic violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247 LGBT Service: 07581 466 438
Email address:

Address: Shaftesbury Court, 95 Ditchling Rd, Brighton BN1 4ST

Roar -Reaching out after rape

ROAR is a friendly, welcoming group for men that have survived rape and/or childhood abuse. They are a social/support group set up to offer a place to share, to chat, to unload or to just be yourself.
They provide regular meet-ups, an opportunity to talk to someone who has experienced the same trauma as well as sign posting to services.

More information about future meet-ups can be found at their website at or find them on Twitter using hashtag @RoarCsa

Telephone number: 07940220009

Rock Clinic

A co-operative association of psychotherapists and counsellors, yoga teachers and complementary therapists providing accessible therapy to the community of Brighton, Hove and Sussex. The Rock has two sites – one in East Brighton, and one in Hove – both of which have disabled access, facilities for individual psychological and physical therapy and space for group work.

According to the website, assessment interviews cost £10, and there is a low cost counselling scheme, which costs £15 per session. There are also reduced psychotherapy costs available for those on a low income, enabling access to psychotherapy for between £5-15. Without reductions therapy can cost up to £50 a session. It may be worthwhile to check costs before booking, as prices can change.

Between 10.00am - 1.00pm, 2.00 - 3.00 weekdays (or leave a message on their confidential answer phone outside of these hours)

Telephone number: 01273 621841
Email address:

Address: Rock East, 270 Eastern Road, Brighton, BN2 5TA and Rock West, 8 Western Street, Brighton BN1 2PG

St Lukes Advice Service

A free service for people in Brighton & Hove advice that aims to offer practical advice, help and guidance to people in need. The main areas of advice are in relation to debt and welfare / housing benefits

Opening hours:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 9.30 am- 3.30 pm and Friday 9.30 am - 1.00 pm. By appointment only.

Telephone number: 01273 549203
Email address:

Address: 18 Exeter St, Brighton BN1 5PG

SilverCloud (Brighton & Hove Wellbeing Service)

SilverCloud offers secure, immediate access to online supported CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) programmes, tailored to your specific needs.
These programmes have demonstrated high improvement rates for depression, anxiety and stress.

It’s flexible – access it anywhere, on your computer, tablet or mobile phone.


Safe in the City – Brighton & Hove Community Safety Partnership

Advice and support for victims of anti-social behaviour, racism, homophobia, transphobia and domestic violence.

Telephone number: 01273 292735. This line is staffed Monday to Friday 9-5 with an answer machine service out of hours.
Email address:

The Clocktower Sanctuary Day Centre

Drop-in service in Brighton & Hove for homeless young people (aged 16-25 years old). They offer:
Crisis support services, including access to food, showers, laundry, computers, telephone, postal address and dentist visits, and move on support (including casework, monthly activities, life skills and mentoring)

Opening hours:
Drop-in service: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 11am to 3pm. Wednesday 10am to 2pm.

Telephone number: 01273 722 353
Email address:

Address: 41-43, Wenlock House, North St, Brighton BN1 1RH

Southdown Homelessness Prevention & Mental Health Support (Brighton & Hove)

Southdown Homelessness Prevention & Mental Health Support in Brighton and Hove provide short-term flexible support to prevent homelessness and improve people’s mental health and wellbeing.

This is a free service for adults in Brighton and Hove who are at risk of homelessness, need support to secure or sustain their accommodation and/or have an identified mental health need.

Telephone number: Phone: 01273 929 426 / Text: 07340 280 415
Email address:

Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide – Brighton Support Group

A local support group run by the charity Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide which gives people the chance to meet others who have been bereaved by suicide. It provides an opportunity to listen, to share, to ask questions and to connect with other people. There is no set structure to the session – people are free to talk and listen as they wish.

Opening hours: The group meets on the 1st Monday of each month: 7pm - 9pm

Telephone number: Paula Seabourne - 07593 893 867
Email address:

Address: Hove - Further location details given after initial conversation with the group facilitator.

Survivors’ Network

Survivors’ Network runs various projects for survivors of sexual violence and abuse, some of which are for self-identifying women only; helpline, groupwork and a drop-in for girls and women aged 16+ years old.

They offer a range of support in Brighton and Hove, supporting individuals who have experienced rape or sexual assault, childhood sexual abuse, ritual/organized abuse, unwanted sexual experiences.
Please note that some of their services are available for people of other genders – counselling open to young people (16-18 years old) and advocacy for people of all ages and genders.

Counselling costs: Clients are requested to donate whatever they can afford. If you can’t afford anything then discuss this with the service and you may still be able to access counselling. Free to those under 18.

Helpline: Wednesdays 7pm - 9pm
Telephone number: Helpline: 01273 720110 Text: 07717 999 989 Office contact: 01273 203380
Email address:

Address: 6a Pavilion Buildings, Brighton, BN1 1EE

Threshold Women’s Services

Threshold provides support to women with a wide range of issues, including anxiety, depression, self-harm, post-traumatic stress, chronic low self-esteem, suicidal thoughts, parenting issues, birth trauma and perinatal depression.

Telephone number: 01273 929471
Email address:

Address: Second Floor, 27-29 North Street, Brighton, BN1 1EB

Terrence Higgins Trust – Counselling

Terrence Higgins Trust offers a free counselling service for anyone over 18 who is affected or infected by HIV and living in Brighton or Hove. This service is open to people who are not HIV + but have concerns about sexuality or HIV, and there is a service particularly for gay men with concerns around HIV, whether HIV + or not. Treatment may be offered to individuals, couples and families.

Their website states all counsellors are qualified and accredited, or working towards accreditation, with BACP, UKCP, BPS or IAPT, and that appointments are offered within four weeks of the date of referral to the service. If English is not your first language they may still be able to offer support via an interpretation service.

Telephone number: 01273 764 200

Address: 61 Ship St, Brighton BN1 1AE

Youth Advice Centre (YAC)

The Youth Advice Centre offers advice, support and guidance to young people in Brighton and Hove. Their services include: housing advice for young people (under 26) who are homeless or threatened with homelessness, one to one support and advice for 13-25 year olds, including emotional health & wellbeing, sexual health and debt and benefit support and family mediation aimed at reducing homelessness through support with relationship breakdown (mainly for 16-17 year olds, but they can also work with 14-15 year olds and their families)

The drop-in service is open between 3pm - 6pm, Monday to Friday.
Telephone number: 01273 624432
Email address:

The Youth Advice Centre offers advice, support and guidance to young people in Brighton and Hove. Their services include: housing advice for young people (under 26) who are homeless or threatened with homelessness, one to one support and advice for 13-25 year olds, including emotional health & wellbeing, sexual health and debt and benefit support and family mediation aimed at reducing homelessness through support with relationship breakdown (mainly for 16-17 year olds, but they can also work with 14-15 year olds and their families)
The drop-in service is open between 3pm - 6pm, Monday to Friday.
Address: 11, St Georges Place, Brighton BN1 4GB

Telephone number: 01273 624432
Email address:
The Youth Advice Centre offers advice, support and guidance to young people in Brighton and Hove. Their services include: housing advice for young people (under 26) who are homeless or threatened with homelessness, one to one support and advice for 13-25 year olds, including emotional health & wellbeing, sexual health and debt and benefit support and family mediation aimed at reducing homelessness through support with relationship breakdown (mainly for 16-17 year olds, but they can also work with 14-15 year olds and their families)
The drop-in service is open between 3pm - 6pm, Monday to Friday.

Telephone number: 01273 624432
Email address:

Address: 11, St Georges Place, Brighton BN1 4GB