Sleep out and help tackle the root causes of homelessness

Sleep Easy is a fundraising event that challenges you to sleep out for one night, raising money to tackle the root causes of youth homelessness such as: Mental health challenges Exploitation Family or relationship breakdown Asylum seeking Young people in care Unemployment It’s a really memorable night that doesn’t seek to replicate the experience of…



Santa Bus is coming to town!

The nights have drawn in, Michael Buble is taking over the airwaves and mince pies are multiplying. It can only mean one thing… the Santa Bus is coming to town! We’re excited to announce that YMCA DownsLink Group is one of the charities involved with the Santa Bus in Brighton & Hove this year, helping…



New night shelter and accommodation set to open before Christmas

In the last 10 years, homelessness has increased significantly across the UK; last year, 320,000 people were recorded as homeless in Britain, a rise of 13,000, or 4%, on previous year’s figures and equivalent to 36 new people becoming homeless every day. Brighton is particularly affected by this issue and has some of the highest…



YMCA Guildford Foyer celebrates win at national Youth Matters Awards!

Staff, volunteers, and residents from YMCA Guildford Foyer, part of YMCA Downslink Group, are celebrating after being named cream of the crop at the YMCA Youth Matters awards ceremony held on Friday 8 November. YMCA Guildford Foyer won the prestigious title of Diversity Award at the Youth Matters Awards 2019 for their Unaccompanied Asylum-Seeking Children…



Horsham YMCA FC and YMCA DLG free Celebration Event – 9 November

Horsham YMCA Football Club and YMCA DownsLink Group are holding a joint celebration event at Horsham YMCA Football Club on Saturday 9 November and we would love you to come along! We are celebrating both YMCA’s 175 year anniversary and 90 years of the football club at Gorings Mead. Horsham YMCA FC ex players and managers…



Caroline Lucas, MP for Brighton Pavilion, visits YMCA DLG

It was great to have the opportunity to welcome Caroline Lucas, MP for Brighton Pavilion to YMCA YAC (Youth Advice Centre) in Brighton last week. YMCA YAC provides young people in the local area with a safe and friendly environment where they can access helpful advice and support. They are the first place to go…



YMCA YAC in Crawley officially launched!

YMCA YAC (Youth Advice Centre) in Crawley was officially launched on 10 October with a showcase event, also marking World Mental Health Day and the relaunch of the newly renovated YMCA Crawley Foyer. With the sun shining, Crawley Mayor and Mayoress Raj and Bhavna Sharma, along with guests from our local community, joined residents, former…



Taking a WHOLE HOUR for World Mental Health Day

Thursday 10 October was World Mental Health Day and we were all challenged to spend an hour on ourselves during that day. Sparked by the campaign originally led by YMCA Right Here, #IAMWHOLE is now a national campaign to promote better mental health among us all and particularly children and young people. Writer, performer and…



YMCA England & Wales launch petition to stop cuts to youth services

Figures released recently by YMCA show that spending on youth services across England looks set to reach its lowest ever point in a generation. An analysis of 84 local authorities across England reveals that while the average spend on youth services per local authority in 2010 was £7.79m, planned average spend for 2019/20 is just…



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…