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Congratulations to our Rotary Award winners

For many years now, our Brighton allotment has been carefully tended by our volunteer gardeners, Nick and Sean (pictured with YMCA workers Gemma and Liz). Their brilliant support for Project Green has been recognised with a Community Service Award 2016 from the Rotary Club of Brighton. Congratulations to them both on winning!


Youth Matters awards – YMCA DLG success!

Staff, volunteers and residents from YMCA DownsLink Group (YMCA DLG) are celebrating after three of our nominations won awards at a national youth charity awards ceremony.

Youth Matters is the YMCA federation’s national awards programme that has been an integral part of the charity’s calendar since 2009. The Youth Matters 2016 awards ceremony was held on Friday 4 November at the exclusive central London venue, 8 Northumberland Avenue and hosted by TV presenter June Sarpong MBE. With ten categories for nominations, winning three awards this year is a remarkable achievement.


YMCA Guildford unveils plans for Midwey House

YMCA Guildford hosted an event on Thursday 29 September to unveil plans for the redevelopment of Midwey House, its move on accommodation at Wharf Road, Guildford. We successfully secured £1.25m funding towards the project from the Homes and Community Agency and will provide the rest of the money (£1.3m) from our own sources. The new design will accommodate 34 local young people, a significant increase on the current 13 units.


YMCA Youth Matters Awards 2016 – finalists announced

We are delighted that three of our nominations are through to the finals of the national YMCA Youth Matters Awards – CONGRATULATIONS to Emily Kemp, for Young Leader of the Year; YMCA Empty Homes for Best Accommodation Project; and YMCA Positive Placements for Best Training & Education Project.


Calling for better online support this International Friendship Day

This International Friendship Day on August 7th, young people in Brighton & Hove are being urged to join a campaign to promote better online mental health by local counselling service, E-Motion, which is a partnership between YMCA DownsLink Group and the Young People’s Centre (YPC).

The service, which provides free online counselling to 13-25s in Brighton & Hove, wants to encourage positive, supportive  online behaviours amongst young people and is calling for young people to join its International Friendship Day campaign by taking to social media and sharing their most important qualities in online friendships by using the hashtag  #friendsmatter.


Youth Matters Awards – vote now

We are very excited to announce that two of our young people and two projects have been shortlisted for a national award. YMCA England’s Youth Matters Awards highlights and celebrates the achievements of YMCA young people, staff and volunteers since 2009.

The winners will be determined by a public vote and this is where we need your help. Please read on the find out how you can vote and help our nominees get through to the final. Voting is now open and will close on Monday 15th AugustFIND OUT MORE

YMCA YAC Open Day!

Following the successful relocation to 11 St Georges Place, Brighton, our YMCA YAC are having a celebratory Open Day on Thursday 30th June 2016 2-6pm. Now, young people can access more services under one roof!

Please come along, bring young people you are working with and pass on the news!

You can meet staff, see the newly refurbished drop-in and find out about the services co-located with us including our Family Mediation Service, Sussex Nightstop and WiSE.  There will also be a raffle with prizes donated from local businesses along London Road and food expertly prepared by our young people.


YMCA DLG young people and volunteers create a vegetable garden

Residents from our Southwell Lodge supported housing project in Crawley enjoyed a day building their own raised bed vegetable garden. The young people were helped by volunteers from Crawley Borough Council, British Airways and Hilton Gatwick.

Thanks to a grant from Crawley Borough Council an overgrown patch of land has been transformed into something beautiful. This will allow the young people to learn where their food comes from, plus engage in something positive.


Help us put on themed evenings for our residents

Could you donate small items like video games or arts and crafts materials to help our young residents socialise and learn new skills?

Southwell Lodge is one of our supported housing projects in Crawley for young people aged 16 to 18. Many of the young people are at a time of crisis in their lives and have little or no support network outside of Southwell Lodge. We work with these young people to help them become more independent and learn to stand on their own two feet.

The staff at Southwell Lodge are looking at starting themed evening with activities so that the young people can engage in something positive and fun. The residents have put forwards some great ideas and the staff are now looking for donations of things to help make this happen.


The Big Ban Theory – YMCA research report on legal highs ban

Following the blanket ban on legal highs coming into force on 26th May, YMCA England has published a research report on how the new law will affect young people. We are backing the findings from this report which warns that the ban will do little to reduce the harm these substances are having on many young people’s lives.