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New Brighton & Hove Community Wellbeing Partnership

A new Community Wellbeing Service was launched on 1 June 2017 in Brighton & Hove.

At the end of 2016 YMCA DownsLink Group went into partnership with Here (formerly Brighton Integrated Care Services), Sussex Foundation Partnership NHS Trust and Brighton & Hove Mind to tender for the delivery of a new ‘All Ages’ Community Wellbeing Service (CWS). FIND OUT MORE


Brighton & Hove Hustings Event

In partnership with One Church Brighton, YMCA DownsLink Group staged a hustings event on 26 May for young people and those from marginalised communities.  The event was attended by local parliamentary candidates, young people from our housing projects and residents from the local community.

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Hostel Developments at Horsham Y Centre and YMCA Crawley Foyer

We are delighted to announce that the purchase of the Horsham Y Centre was completed on 31 March.

We have acted as managing agents for the project on behalf of YMCA England for several years, but this purchase signifies our commitment to protecting accommodation for young people into the future as well as continuing our investment in securing housing stock. FIND OUT MORE


Ride the Dragon

Ride the Dragon and cycle 187 miles off road from Merthyr Tydfil to Llanberis through some of the most breathtaking scenery Britain has to offer finishing with a once in a lifetime climb and descent of the infamous Mount Snowdon.  FIND OUT MORE


Congratulations to our Rotary Award winners

For many years now, our Brighton allotment has been carefully tended by our volunteer gardeners, Nick and Sean (pictured with YMCA workers Gemma and Liz). Their brilliant support for Project Green has been recognised with a Community Service Award 2016 from the Rotary Club of Brighton. Congratulations to them both on winning!

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Youth Matters awards – YMCA DLG success!

Staff, volunteers and residents from YMCA DownsLink Group (YMCA DLG) are celebrating after three of our nominations won awards at a national youth charity awards ceremony.

Youth Matters is the YMCA federation’s national awards programme that has been an integral part of the charity’s calendar since 2009. The Youth Matters 2016 awards ceremony was held on Friday 4 November at the exclusive central London venue, 8 Northumberland Avenue and hosted by TV presenter June Sarpong MBE. With ten categories for nominations, winning three awards this year is a remarkable achievement.

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YMCA Guildford unveils plans for Midwey House

YMCA Guildford hosted an event on Thursday 29 September to unveil plans for the redevelopment of Midwey House, its move on accommodation at Wharf Road, Guildford. We successfully secured £1.25m funding towards the project from the Homes and Community Agency and will provide the rest of the money (£1.3m) from our own sources. The new design will accommodate 34 local young people, a significant increase on the current 13 units.

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YMCA Youth Matters Awards 2016 – finalists announced

We are delighted that three of our nominations are through to the finals of the national YMCA Youth Matters Awards – CONGRATULATIONS to Emily Kemp, for Young Leader of the Year; YMCA Empty Homes for Best Accommodation Project; and YMCA Positive Placements for Best Training & Education Project.

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Calling for better online support this International Friendship Day

This International Friendship Day on August 7th, young people in Brighton & Hove are being urged to join a campaign to promote better online mental health by local counselling service, E-Motion, which is a partnership between YMCA DownsLink Group and the Young People’s Centre (YPC).

The service, which provides free online counselling to 13-25s in Brighton & Hove, wants to encourage positive, supportive  online behaviours amongst young people and is calling for young people to join its International Friendship Day campaign by taking to social media and sharing their most important qualities in online friendships by using the hashtag  #friendsmatter.

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Youth Matters Awards – vote now

We are very excited to announce that two of our young people and two projects have been shortlisted for a national award. YMCA England’s Youth Matters Awards highlights and celebrates the achievements of YMCA young people, staff and volunteers since 2009.

The winners will be determined by a public vote and this is where we need your help. Please read on the find out how you can vote and help our nominees get through to the final. Voting is now open and will close on Monday 15th AugustFIND OUT MORE