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Transforming Young Lives

We believe every young person has the right to discover their potential. Sadly, many don't have that opportunity.


Transforming Young Lives

We believe every young person has the right to discover their potential. Sadly, many don't have that opportunity.

Every night...

we give a safe home to more than 650 young people facing homelessness in Sussex and Surrey

Each Year...

we prevent crisis by providing support and advice to 9,000 young people across Sussex and Surrey

We are...

the largest provider of mental health services and counselling for children, young people & families in Sussex

How you can help

myth busting: young man wearing black coat and winter hat sat on a wooden bench

For just 40p per day you could change a life, forever

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Becky's Story

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Who your donations support

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Becky's Story

"I feel like I've got a future now"

Becky was just 10 when her Mum died. Her Dad started to drink heavily and neglected her. At 17, she decided she couldn't stay there anymore and found herself homeless. Alone and scared, she had nowhere left to turn. Until she found us.

YMCA DownsLink Group gave Becky a safe place to call home, in 24-hour supported accommodation. With the help of her project support worker, she is starting to rebuild her life, and is looking forward to the future. 

Why we need your help

1 in 55

young people are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless

69% cuts

to local youth services, leaving young people with lack of support & fewer prevention services

1 in 6

children & young people are thought to have a probable mental health condition

*stats refer to data collected from across the UK

YMCA DownsLink Group is a charity that works to prevent youth homelessness across Sussex and Surrey. Through our youth advice centre, community and school counselling services, family mediation and other services, we provide additional support to 9,000 children, young people and families each year. Our aim is to prevent young people from reaching crisis and to support them at this crucial stage in their lives so that can fulfil their potential.

Where we work

We've been working in Sussex and Surrey for the last 175 years.

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.

Latest news and blogs

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Looking back at our young people’s stories from 2023

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Youth Matters Awards 2023, the whole of the YMCA DownsLink Group team smiling with their fists in the air holding a colourful 'Youth Matters' sign

Youth Matters Awards 2023: celebrating young people

We were truly inspired at the national YMCA Youth Matters Awards on Friday evening. We were delighted to ...
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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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