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Friends Centre is an independent adult education organisation where people can develop their knowledge, skills, understanding and creativity in a supportive environment.

Enrol on a course with us today!

New courses for Autumn!

Our new brochure is out now! Pick up a copy at one of our centres or you can download the new courses brochure by clicking the link below.

Download our new brochure Download full course brochure for 2015-16

Term dates 2015-16

Autumn Term: 14 September – 11 December

(half term 26–30 October)

Spring Term: 8 January – 24 March

(half term 15–19 February)

Summer Term: 18 April – 22 July

(half term 30 May - 3 June)

Reception Opening Hours

Brighton Junction

9.30am–5.00pm (Monday–Friday) 9.30am–3.00pm (Half term and holidays)

Ivory Place

9.30am–5.00pm (Monday–Thursday) 9.30am–1.00pm (Friday)

Ivory Place is closed during half term and holidays


Adult learning

We have been part of the Brighton and Hove community since 1945, providing community based education across a broad range of subjects.

Whether you are looking to take up a new challenge, or are out of work or facing the prospect of redundancy, Friends Centre has something for you. We offer courses in English & Maths, English for Speakers of Other Languages, arts and crafts and other leisure topics, Job Skills and IT. We also offer careers and training advice, professional training courses and free computer use.

Each year around 1,600 people from different backgrounds come to learn together in a welcoming and supportive environment.

Click here to read more about Friends Centre

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Sign up to our mailing list to get information about new courses as soon as they're enrolling! You'll also receive info about other work we do here at the Friends Centre and in the local community. We won't send you more than 5 or 6 emails a year, you can always unsubscribe from the emails if you no longer want them and we never share your details with any third parties.

You can see a sample email to the right which tells you about new courses, including a link to the online version of the courses brochure. Click the image or the link below to start receiving our emails.

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Adult Learner of the Year

Andy Barber - Our Adult learner of the year tells his story in our first YouTube video! Click here to watch the video.

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Fundraise for us by shopping online!

You can now fundraise for us through your online shopping. Simply click on this link and browse loads of your high street favourites. Register your support for Friends Centre and then everytime you shop through Easy Fundraising, we'll be given a donation by your chosen store after you complete your purchase. It won't cost you a penny!

Hundreds of brands to choose from Shop online and support Friends Centre

New courses for the Autumn Term!

Courses in Brighton

Our new brochure is now available! The brochure covers all courses happening in the Autumn term starting in September, but we've also included courses for Spring and Summer terms next year. To download the full brochure, click here.

If you'd like to book a place on one of our courses, have a look at the courses page or call us on 01273 810210.

Download our new brochure Autumn term course brochure

ESOL classes are now enrolling!

Stephen Fairchild

We're now taking on new students for classes that will start in September. To enrol, please visit Ivory Place and fill out an enrolment form.

Please click here for more details.

Thank You Stephen for fundraising for us!

Stephen Fairchild

Congratulations and huge thanks to Stephen Fairchild who walked the London 2 Brighton Challenge to raise funds for friends centre’s Lynda Kinsella Bursary fund. The fund helps support students to attend courses who may not otherwise be able to. Stephen walked London to Brighton in 21 hours 59 minutes and 49 seconds beating his previous time by over half an hour! It’s not too late to donate and we will let people know our total from 23rd June onwards… Well done Stephen!!

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Paying online for your course(s)?

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From 18 December onwards, for any transactions to be processed you need to use Internet Explorer Version 7 (or later) or the latest Google Chrome or Firefox browsers.

Adult Learner of the Year

Andy Barber - Our Adult learner of the year tells his story in our first YouTube video! Click here to watch the video.

Click here for more details on the National Awards.

Trustee Vacancies

Friends Centre are looking to appoint 2 or 3 new trustees to join the board
Click here for more details.

Fashion Tutor publishes book on Sewing Machine

Fashion Tutor Julia Hincks

Our dressmaking tutor, Julia Hincks has published a book on the Overlocker sewing machine! The overlocker is a type of sewing machine which is used for trimming and edge finishing fabrics. It’s perfect for seam and hem finishing as it creates a professional finish which you just don’t get on a normal sewing machine' Click here for more details.

ESOL Volunteer publishes first book!

Bob Cant - Something Chronic Book

Bob Cant, an ESOL volunteer at Friends Centre, has just published his first novel. Something Chronic is the story of a man who wakes up after twenty years of sleeping sickness and tries to make sense of the world around him. It belongs to the school of Scottish magic realism.

Bob says: 'I have been working on this novel for years but joining a creative writing class with Rebecca Duffy at Friends Centre was the kick start it needed to make it suitable for publication.'It is now available for immediate purchase online (£8.99) Click here for more details.

Sign up to our mailing list!

You can now receive email updates from the Friends Centre straight to your inbox! Just click the link below and we'll send you info about new courses as soon as they're confirmed on the website! Click here to sign up!

Friends Centre has made a pledge to the Thumbs up Scheme

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