Transforming Young Lives - YMCA DownsLink Group

The work we do every year changes lives. We step in to prevent children and young people from crisis by providing supported accommodation, support & advice, family mediation and counselling. By supporting young people, at this crucial stage in their lives (16-24), we can help them change their lives and create a better future for themselves.

Our impact in numbers


children, young people and families used our services


young people given a home every night


of families who have gone through our family mediation have stayed together


children and young people provided with counselling support


residents ready to move on do so successfully


chaplaincy meals shared across our housing projects

Why your support is needed now

We’re doing all we can to break the cycle of homelessness for young people in your community. We positively impact the lives of over 10,000 children, young people and families each year. But we’re not there yet.  The need for our support and yours has never been greater.


cuts in funding to youth services in the last 10 years.


increase in demand for our housing support since the pandemic.


of the young people we help have come from the care system.

1 in 20

children experience the death of a parent before the age of 16.


of all homeless people in the UK are aged between 16 and 24.


of 16 to 24 year olds have been temporarily homeless at some point.

Mapalo's Story

Mapalo sat at a desk smiling at he camera

At 19, student Mapalo Bray faced homelessness, until we stepped in. Your gifts help people like Mapalo turn their life around to build a positive future.

How our work makes a difference

Dylan’s story

Dylan ran away from home when he was 14 and got involved with drugs to help him cope but ended up in hospital after suffering from a nervous breakdown.

Nader’s story

Nader left his home country when he was just 14 and after a difficult journey he arrived in the UK as an unaccompanied asylum seeking child. Nader was given a home at YMCA DownsLink Group and was supported to learn English, attend college and take part in lots of activities.

Josh’s story

A year ago, Josh was facing homelessness. He was having trouble at home and didn’t get on with his parents. After moving into our supported accommodation, Josh took every opportunity he could to help other people like him.


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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