Thank you to our local business heroes!

The coronavirus pandemic has caused worry, stress and anxiety for many people. However, it has also demonstrated the inherent kindness in our families, friends and communities. At a time when the vulnerable, young people we support are feeling isolated and alone, we have been overwhelmed with the support shown by those in our communities. We…



The power of kindness: A Chaplaincy reflection

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week with the theme of kindness.  Our lead Chaplain, Lucy McGrath, who is currently furloughed, has spent time reflecting on the importance of showing kindness to ourselves, as well as others, during these uncertain times: “When I think about the work of our staff at YMCA DownsLink Group I…



The 2.6 Challenge: Thank you

The 2.6 Challenge At the end of April, we joined other charities across the nation in the 2.6 Challenge – a fundraising campaign intended to make up some of the shortfalls for charities missing out on funding from mass participation sports events and hit hard by the impact of COVID-19. The 2.6 Challenge encouraged supporters…



Make Change Count 2020

Brighton & Hove’s, Make Change Count campaign supporting people who are rough sleeping, is back for 2020.  We’re teaming up again with many other local organisations who are experienced in supporting rough sleepers and preventing homelessness. Like us, these organisations are working during the Coronavirus crisis to provide connections into services and help people meet…



Pint Sized Super Hero Fundraiser

At just four year’s old, Poppy Napthine has set herself a marathon challenge. She is attempting to ride 26 miles in a week to raise money for us as part of the 2.6 challenge set up in response to the loss of income for charities by the cancellation of the London marathon. Inspired by Captain…



Taking on the 2.6 Challenge!

Like many charities, our fundraising has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. With many fundraising events postponed or cancelled, we are joining the 2.6 Challenge to ensure our vital services for young people can continue. Created by the UK’s mass participation sports event industry, the 2.6 Challenge is a nationwide fundraising campaign to Save…



YMCA Dialogue launch e-wellbeing service for children and young people

We’re delighted to announce the launch of a new online service,  from our counselling team (YMCA Dialogue) that supports young people with their wellbeing and mental health. e-wellbeing has been in development for a year and was due to launch in six months. However, increased pressure on young people’s mental health, due to the…



Helping vulnerable young people to access counselling, support and advice

During the coronavirus outbreak, our number one priority is keeping services running for some of the most vulnerable people in our community. This includes the services delivered by YMCA Dialogue – counselling and therapy for children, families and young people. We are currently working hard to adapt our projects so that we can ensure every…



Holding hope in times of challenge

Our counselling service, YMCA Dialogue, has responded to the COVID-19 crisis by enabling all of its counsellors to work online. So, all the young people using our service can still have sessions and get the help they need. But, more than that, our counsellors have also been sharing their advice on how we can all…