YMCA DownsLink Group’s Chaplaincy Service provides support to both residents and staff. We are an inclusive Christian organisation and our staff and young people are from all faiths and none.
In order to help everyone understand chaplaincy we use the following words:
A chaplain is someone, usually from a church or faith group, who wants to support people in their communities. There are often chaplains in hospitals, sometimes in schools and in all sorts of everyday settings.
Our YMCA volunteer chaplains are here to offer support to residents and staff. The daily pressures of life can get to us all. Our volunteer chaplains are here to listen and to chat, and if you have worries, large or small, you can share them if you want to. Everything is confidential unless they are worried about your safety or someone else’s safety.
They are also here to explore spiritual issues with you if you choose, and if you would like them to pray with you or for you, just ask. They will not try to convert you to their faith; they will respect what you believe. They are here for everyone, no matter what your spiritual beliefs or background.
Our team of volunteer chaplains, led by our Lead Chaplain Lucy McGrath, help the young people who live in our housing projects to feel heard, valued and accepted and to glimpse something of God’s love. They support the young people to feel part of the wider community and to belong.
The Chaplains work in teams and spend time with the residents in their projects, cooking with them, chatting, playing board games, and generally just being there for them.
We currently have chaplaincies running in Brighton & Hove and in Horsham, with services in Worthing and Guildford starting in 2017. We also have two volunteer chaplains who support our staff.
To find out more about becoming a Chaplain or supporting the Chaplain Services at YMCA DownsLink Group click here.
Read about the difference the Chaplaincy service can make here in Hayley’s story.