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Support YMCA DownsLink Group

Vulnerable young people have never been more at risk of homelessness

Over the last 10 years, there's been a 73% overall decline in funding to youth services. In the areas we work, that equates to cuts of £1bn. This is on top of the growing mental health crisis, increase in poverty and a decrease in employment and training opportunities.

Your donation will help prevent youth homelessness. It will give young people a home and the support they need to feel valued, to belong and thrive.


How you can support young people in Sussex and Surrey

£10 could keep a young person safe

Demand for our housing support has increased by 37% since 2020. Donate and help us provide emergency accommodation to move a young person from crisis.

£25 could improve emotional wellbeing

Around 68% of young people living in our supported accommodation suffer from mental health difficulties. Donate to help provide crucial support to those in need.

£50 could provide vital life skills

79% of the young people living with us, move on positively. We help them to develop the skills to learn, work and to live independently.

Change a life today

We believe that with the right support, tools, and care, young people can reach their full potential. Donate today so those like Mapalo can have a brighter tomorrow.

Mapalo's story

At 19, student Mapalo Bray faced homelessness, until we stepped in. Your gifts help people like Mapalo turn their life around, and to build a more positive future.

Other ways to get involved


YMCA DownsLink Group is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults.


By volunteering for YMCA DownsLink Group will you gain experience, learn new skills and meet some great people.


By partnering with us, your business will be driving positive and lasting change for young people in your community.

Read more young people's stories

Nathan’s story

Nathan was struggling with his family relationships and mental health after coming out to his family at 15. Our Youth Advice Service found him specialist help.

Dani’s story

Dani’s life had been chaotic and unstable. Her social worker referred her to YMCA DownsLink Group, and, with the help of her YMCA WiSE project worker, she began to make better decisions around relationships and her future.

Poppy’s Story

Poppy didn’t realise she was being subjected to sexual exploitation. Spending time with a YMCA WiSE project worker opened her eyes to the reality of her situation.


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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