About us

Who We Are

YMCA DownsLink Group is a registered charity working across Sussex and Surrey to provide a variety of services and projects to the local communities.

Children, young people and families are at the heart of YMCA DownsLink Group with a particular focus on the needs of young people who find themselves on the fringes of society and need support.

Our work covers a wide range of areas including accommodation, general advice, sexual exploitation, mental health, housing advice, young offenders, youth clubs, childcare, counselling, mentoring, alternative education and apprenticeships.


Transforming Communities

YMCA DownsLink Group is committed to transforming local communities so that all children, young people and families truly belong, contribute and thrive. We provide a place and space for young people to feel safe through accommodation, training, learning, support and advice, counselling and mediation that will lead to better life chances and a positive future.

Our services are delivered to children, young people and their families by our 400 plus dedicated staff through:

  • 425 supported housing units across Sussex and Surrey
  • 2 counselling centres
  • 2 youth and advice centres
  • 6 specialist advice projects
  • 258 playscheme and after school club places
  • 15 alternative education programmes
  • 12,000 schools counselling sessions
  • Apprenticeships and work experience opportunities
  • Nursery and childcare provision