South Downs Way hike!

On Saturday 24th August at 6am, a small team from YMCA Eastbourne set off walking from Chantry House in Eastbourne, heading to Reed House in Hove, all to raise money for YMCA DownsLink Group’s work with young people. Matt Ewing, YMCA Engage Lead Instructor, shares his experience of the day: We anticipated a difficult day…



YMCA DLG finalists in the YMCA Youth Matters Awards!

After hours of deliberation by the Judging Panel, and more than 7,000 votes, the finalists for this year’s prestigious YMCA Youth Matters Awards have just been announced. We are delighted that four of YMCA DownsLink Group’s projects have been nominated in three categories! The YMCA Youth Matters Awards is an annual awards event celebrating the…



The Red Lion – at YMCA Horsham Football Club

As part of Horsham’s Year of Culture, Horsham YMCA Football Club are hosting a play about football, The Red Lion, at their football ground, Gorings Mead. It’s on 6 September at 7.30pm. Tickets are £10 (£5 concessions) and available from 01403 750220 or Get your tickets now!



Vote for YMCA DLG in the YMCA Youth Matters Awards!

YMCA DLG projects shortlisted for the national YMCA Youth Matters Awards! Voting has now opened for YMCA’s annual Youth Matters Awards and will close on Monday 26 August. YMCA Youth Matters Awards is an annual awards event taking place on Friday 8 November, which celebrates the achievements of young people, staff and volunteers. The awards are…



Brighton Pride!

YMCA DLG burst into Brighton Pride in a cloud of sequins, glitter and rainbow flags! This year marked 50 years since the Stonewall Inn riots in New York – a pivotal event in the gay liberation movement- so the theme was Generations of Love, marking each decade from 1969 onwards. Our design lead Andrew Cummings…



Eastbourne Pride!

Saturday 20th July was a legendarily windy day with our immediate neighbours on one side getting first aid treatment for being hit on the head by a flying banner, and our neighbours on the other side clinging onto their gazebo for dear life to prevent it taking off into the skies! But our magnificent chillout…



Brighton Trans Pride!

Trans Pride Brighton & Hove 2019 was on Saturday 20th July in Brunswick Square – the biggest event Trans Pride has ever done, with an impressive turn out of Queer people and allies! The show of support from the city and services was astounding, making this one of the most inclusive and awesome Trans Prides…



Anne Milton MP visits YMCA Guildford

On Friday 28 June Anne Milton MP met Chas Walker, John Slater (YMCA DLG Chair of the Board), Jason Stacey (YMCA England & Wales) along with YMCA Guildford’s Head of Operations Paul Napthine. Anne has a long history with YMCA Guildford, and even slept out for Sleep Easy 2013. She toured The Bridge and The…



REBOOT has launched!

  REBOOT is a personalised, strength-based project for young people aged 11-17 who may be at risk of serious youth violence, gang behaviour and criminal exploitation. YMCA DownsLink Group is involved with one element of the program, partnering with Hangleton & Knoll Project (HKP), Trust for Developing Communities (TDC) Hastings YMCA and Audio Active (AA)…



YMCA175: Founder’s Day, 6 June

The 6th of June 1844 is credited with being the day that Sir George Williams founded the YMCA, which has now become the largest youth charity in the world with YMCAs in 120 Countries reaching over 60 million people. George Williams was 22 years old when he, and a group of associates, founded the YMCA…