Volunteer Chaplains - YMCA DownsLink Group

Volunteer Chaplains

Job Title: Volunteer Chaplains

Location: Brighton , Hove, Crawley, Worthing, Horsham, Eastbourne and Guildford

Hours: Minimum commitment 2 hours every 2-3 weeks

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 take part in 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.

YMCA DownsLink Group has a Christian foundation and inclusive vision. Our chaplaincy service helps ensure our YMCA supported accommodation is unique. Our multi-faith chaplains make a difference to the lives of young people in our supported accommodation by providing a space to be heard, to have fun and to eat together.

Could you be a volunteer chaplain and add real value to the work we do? We are looking for people of faith or belief 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 and beliefs. As a volunteer chaplain 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 (approximately 2 hours) every 2-3 weeks

To find out more about our chaplaincy service see here and/or please contact:

Brighton & Hove, West Sussex (Crawley, Worthing and Horsham) – Lucy McGrath: Work mobile: 07741240452 | Email: [email protected]

East Sussex and Guildford – Elly McKay-Smith – Work mobile: 07884 549308 | Email: [email protected]

Further Information

YMCA DownsLink Group welcomes applications from all sections of the community. We value diversity and promote inclusion, which we demonstrate through our activities, as well as in our policies and working practices. Reinforced by our culture and values, we seek to create an inspiring and inclusive place to work and volunteer.

How to Apply

Please get in touch with one of the employed chaplains (contact details above) who will be able to talk with you about the roles and the application process.

The application form can be found here.


YMCA enables people to develop their full potential in mind, body and spirit. Inspired by and faithful to our Christian values, we create supportive, inclusive and energising communities, where young people can truly belong, contribute and thrive.

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