Youth Trustee

15th February, 2018


YMCA DownsLink Group (YMCA DLG) was formed two years ago with a vision to be an inclusive organisation with a Christian foundation, transforming communities in Surrey and Sussex so that all children and young people can belong, contribute and thrive. As part of our strategic planning, we are looking for a new trustee to join the Board, with a specific responsibility for young people influencing.

About Us
YMCA DLG is one of the largest YMCAs in the country serving our local communities in the south east across Surrey and Sussex. With a turnover of £12m and a staff team of 520, including 150 volunteers, we provide a range of services (including accommodation, health and well-being, advice & guidance, training, education and vocational support) which directly benefit around 15,000 children, young people and families each year.

We are in an exciting new chapter for YMCA DLG, one we have defined in our 2020 Vision: Youth Minded Community Approach, to extend our impact and reach to transform more young lives and to empower young people to participate and influence both internally and externally.

To help us achieve our vision we have a Board of Trustees committed to providing strategic direction and a sound and robust system of governance. We have had many successes in this area, including through the work of our YMCA Right Here project, and the #IAMWHOLE campaign.

The Role
Working closely with the Executive Team, the Board sets and maintains the vision and mission and develops the strategy for the organisation.

The Board has regular meetings in different locations across the area. Trustees are also expected to make occasional visits to projects across Surrey and Sussex.

The position is not salaried and reasonable expenses will be paid.

We are seeking a new trustee who has relevant skills and experience in empowering and enabling young people to have a voice for influencing change. We welcome interest from people from a range of different backgrounds.

You must be in the age range of 18 – 30 years of age at the start of the tenure of the role

This is a great opportunity to be part of something very important, supporting our work with young people and ensuring young people are influencing at every level of our organisation.

As part of our vision of being an inclusive organisation with a Christian foundation we ask trustees to demonstrate an active commitment to the Christian faith.


Further Information
For more information you can download the Trustee Recruitment Information Pack here


The closing date for applications is Monday 7th May 2018 at 9am.

The interview date is to be confirmed.


For an informal and confidential discussion please contact Fiona Hall, Head of People, on 01273 222550/557.

How to apply
To apply for this position please provide an up to date CV with a short explanation as to why you are interested in working with us as a youth trustee to Fiona Hall at recruitment@ymcadlg.org:

YMCA DownsLink Group requires all staff and volunteers to be committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults.

Successful applicants are required to undertake an Enhanced Disclosure via the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).