YMCA DownsLink Group Trustees and Committee Members (3+ places available)
Initial 3 year term

Children, young people and families are at the heart of YMCA DownsLink Group, with a particular focus on the needs of young people who find themselves on the fringes of society and need support. We are committed to transforming local communities across Sussex and Surrey so that all young people and families can belong, contribute and thrive.

Our work covers a wide range of areas including accommodation, general advice, sexual exploitation, mental health, housing advice, counselling, mentoring and apprenticeships. Last year our services reached over 13,000 young lives, including almost 1000 local young people at risk of homelessness who were provided with somewhere to live.

Each one of those young people was offered more than a room. They were welcomed into a supportive environment in which they were empowered and encouraged to move towards independence. Our hope is that the support we offer will lead to better life chances and a positive future for each and every person we welcome.

As part of our succession planning, we are seeking new Trustees and committee members to join with us in bringing wise governance and strategic guidance to our work aimed at maximising our reach and impact on young lives.

In particular at this time we are looking for people who have a leadership background in the following domains: health, safeguarding, finance, fundraising and regulated housing. Our current Chair retires in Autumn 2020 and we will also be looking for applicants who might have a longer-term interest in taking on the Chair role from 2020.

Our passion and ambition for our work means we are not afraid of taking informed risks and new challenges. We are looking for people who fit our brief and share our energy and enthusiasm.


YMCA DLG requires all staff and volunteers to be committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and to respond proactively to safeguarding concerns.

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


For further information, including full details of how to apply, please see our Trustee and Committee Member Appointment Details pack available here.

Application is by submission of CV and a cover letter to laura.bagley@macaulaysearch.com by the closing date of Wednesday 12th June 2019. Having read the application pack, please contact Laura should you have any questions.