Volunteer role title: Volunteer Chaplains
Locations: Worthing, Horsham, Crawley, Brighton & Hove and Eastbourne.

Could you make a real difference to the lives of vulnerable young people at YMCA DownsLink Group?

We are looking for volunteer chaplains to help run informal weekly chaplaincy evenings to support the residents who live at our housing projects in all the locations above.

We house young people, aged 16-25, most of whom stay around 2 years. Our young people face many barriers; we provide a place and space for young people to feel safe through our projects that will lead to better life chances and a positive future. Our volunteers are at the heart of our work to support and encourage young people to turn their lives around.

Could you be a volunteer chaplain and add real value to the work we do? We are looking for people of faith who are kind, good listeners, non-judgemental, with a sense of humour and a love of young people. We have a Christian Foundation and inclusive vision and we welcome applications from people of all faiths.

Our volunteer chaplains are here to listen and to chat. You will work as part of a team and spend time with the residents in their projects, cooking and eating with them, chatting, playing board games, and generally just being there for them. You will also receive training and support from one of our paid Chaplains.

We ask for a commitment of one evening every 2-3 weeks.

Chaplaincy takes place at:

Worthing Foyer – Wednesday evenings, 7-9pm

Brighton & Hove – Wednesday evenings, 6-8pm

Horsham – Thursday evenings, 7.30-9pm

Crawley – Tuesday, evenings

Eastbourne – starting soon.


For an informal chat about the role please contact:

Brighton, Hove, and Worthing:

Lucy McGrath, Lead Chaplain on 01273 222563 or email at lucy.mcgrath@ymcadlg.org

Horsham and Crawley:

Sue Anson, North Sussex Chaplain on email at sue.anson@ymcadlg.org


Trudi, East Sussex Chaplain on 07884 549308 or email trudi.nicholas@ymcadlg.org

For more information about chaplaincy at YMCA DownsLink Group, please see our Chaplaincy page and download our job profiles (below) for specific of each project and role.

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).


Closing date for applications: Rolling
Interviews date: To be confirmed


How To Apply…
You can download a Volunteer Role Description and a Volunteer Application Form below. Please return your form to us by email at recruitment@ymcadlg.org or by hand or post to:

Human Resources
Reed House,
47 Church Road,
Hove, BN3 2BE

Download a Volunteer Role Description:

Worthing Foyer

Lansworth House

Gareth Stacey

Crawley Foyer

Horsham Y Centre

Eastbourne – please contact Lucy McGrath directly for more information.

Download a Volunteer Application Form here