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Discovery College

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Conversation + creativity + CONNECTION = wellbeing

Discovery College is a place for young people in East Sussex to have new experiences and learn more about emotional wellbeing and particular mental health challenges. Young people are involved throughout the design and delivery of programmes which offer a range of activities delivered in community spaces across East Sussex.  It is managed by Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.


Culture Shift has been working with the team since Spring 2020 to support the programme, in particular bringing on board new arts partners , expanding the reach of activity across the county, and supporting training and networking for the team that delivers the programme (peer mentors, subject specialists and mental health practitioners).


Arts partners involved to date in the programme include Audio Active, Cabaret Mechanical Theatre, Circle of Life Rediscovery, De La Warr Pavilion, East Sussex Libraries, Lifesize Music, Photoworks, Priority 1-54, Tech Resort


July 2022 was been a month of highlights after a difficult first year adapting activity around lockdowns. DisCo peers led a workshop at the school annual mental health conference in early July and later this month A Voice That’s Mine – is the annual gathering and celebration for all involved in Discovery College.

coming up soon are the following programmes:


  • Digital Story Makers (Eastbourne) –4 half days in August exploring the power of text and image to get your story across with campaigner and activist Zo Daniel - Click here for Digital Story Makers

Starting in September/October:

  • Discovering Our Best Selves (Eastbourne)- Find creative ways to explore wellbeing and building resilience in a safe, relaxed and sociable space with Culture Shift

  • The Power of Voice (Newhaven)   A course to help you channel those words into a powerful message- think slam poetry, rap and simply having fun with language, delivered with Audio Active


  • ArtsLab  (online and Bexhill) A relaxed programme of creative sessions giving you space to be free, experiment and try out new things, delivered with De La Warr Pavilion.

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All courses are FREE and can be accessed on the Discovery College Website.

Co designed and co produced with young people


This activity is supported by ACE and this year ESCC Covid Recovery Funds.

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