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Sussex wide youth led report on mental health provision

Sussex wide youth led report on mental health provision

The pandemic has exacerbated the need for easily accessible online tools and resources to support the emotional health and wellbeing of children and young people. We were delighted to be asked to partner with Kent Surrey Sussex Academic Health Science Network (KSS AHSN) to develop a youth-led, Pan-Sussex Children and Young People’s Mental Health Digital …

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Thank you to the Ethicurean Guild for providing takeaway meals to our residents for a whole year!

The Ethicurean Guild, founded by Edd Heller, cooks amazing food from small farms and producers and has been feeding residents of YMCA DownsLink Group every Monday for a whole year. The talented chef is Jacques who works at the Stoneham Pub, owned by Edd Heller. The residents always enjoy Monday takeaway nights with food ranging …

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Fruits and vegetables of the Earth

Fruits and vegetables of the Earth

Samantha Burton, our West Sussex Chaplain, shares a story about our amazing volunteer chaplains, YMCA Crawley staff and residents and the journey from field (ok veg patch) to fork. Samantha writes: Last week, our Chaplaincy team at Crawley Foyer were able to bring truer meaning to the term ‘homemade meal’ for the residents, as they …

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Young Campaigner for LGBTQU+ affirming churches

Interview with resident, young campaigner for LGBTQU+ affirming churches

Our Lead Chaplain, Lucy McGrath met Genevieve (they/them), a resident in our 24-hour supported accommodation, at chaplaincy meals in Brighton. Inspired by their conversations, Lucy asked to interview them about their activism and what led them to set up a project called Queer Christians Brighton. Genevieve is now a finalist for the Young Campaigner Award at …

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