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How the Chelsea Flower Show is inspiring residents

Whether you’re a gardening fanatic or a complete novice, we’re sure you’ve heard of the Royal Chelsea Flower Show which starts this week!
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5 ways to get involved with National Conversation Week

It’s National Conversation Week here in the UK and at YMCA DownsLink Group we’re encouraging the young people we support and staff alike to engage in conversation, who knows what they’ll discover.

The YMCA DownsLink Challenge is back for 2022!

Take on the 17.5-mile walk along the Downs Link Pathway from Horsham to Shoreham-by-Sea and help us put young people experiencing homelessness back on the path to independence.

Volunteer Chaplains retreat day

On a sunny Saturday, some of our volunteer Chaplains from across the YMCA DLG patch gathered together for the first time in over 2 years for a Retreat Day organised and lead by our Chaplains.

What is Ramadan and how to be an ally

Ramadan is the Islamic Holy Month of fasting and abstaining from things considered to be impure for the mind and body. Our YMCA YAC Support & Advice Worker Shazia Nizam shares why Ramadan is important to her.

331 Years – Celebrating YMCA DownsLink Group Women this International Women’s Day

331 years – that’s the collective number of years the women, who will be celebrating at least 15 years of long service this year, have worked for YMCA DLG.

How to cope with anxiety about current events in Russia & Ukraine

If you are upset by the news, it's important to know that you are not the only one and it's OK to have those feelings. It's important to remember that being sad, worried, or angry about what’s happening in the world is okay and perfectly normal.
Significant challenges facing young people

Young people and the charities that support them face unprecedented challenges

Our CEO, Chas Walker shares a personal reflection on the significant challenges facing young people and the organisations and services that support them:

YMCA enables people to develop their full potential in mind, body and spirit. Inspired by and faithful to our Christian values, we create supportive, inclusive and energising communities, where young people can truly belong, contribute and thrive.

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