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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.
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Term dates

Spring Term: 13 January – 4 April

(half term 17–21 February)

Summer Term: 28 April – 14 July

(half term 26–30 May)

Reception Opening Hours

Brighton Junction

9.30am–5.30pm (Monday–Thursday) 9.30am–3.00pm (Fridays, half term and holidays)

Ivory Place

9.30am–4.30pm (Monday–Thursday) 9.30am–1.00pm (Fridays)

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 Adult Literacy and Numeracy, 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.

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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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Trustee Vacancies

Friends Centre are looking to appoint 2 or 3 new trustees to join the board
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Volunteers needed for coffee mornings in May

Coffee Mornings

We're Charity Of The Month in May for The Chapel Royal's Charity Coffee Mornings. We need volunteers to help serve tea and coffee and to help promote all the great work that we do. Even if you can't help out, we'd love to see you for a drink so come down on any Saturday in May to see us and grab a cup!

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Summer Courses for Adults!

Skills & Training in Brighton

Our new brochure for the Summer Term is now available. A wide range of courses are on offer including Painting, Drawing, Photoshop, Tai Chi, Mentoring and many more! We are also able to offer bespoke programmes for businesses. 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.

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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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