We run a variety of projects throughout Sussex and in Guildford, Surrey which, between them, house over 750 young people. The projects aim to move young people between dependence and independence through a range of support services, including 24-hour staffed services, projects with daytime staff, and schemes with visiting support. We provide support via one-to-one key work sessions, groupwork and activities linked to an individual plan, as well as access to employment, training and education opportunities and specialist services such as advice, and counselling services.

Through our ‘More than a Room’ programme we recognise that every young person is different so our services are the opposite of one size fits all – we develop unique solutions, tailored to the needs of individuals, ensuring the support provided is exactly what they need. This could be as simple as providing access to sport and exercise to help their mental health and wellbeing; it could mean giving them the opportunity to learn core life skills like money management or cooking on a budget; it may even be ensuring they have access to counselling, on their terms, to help them understand and manage their emotions. Sometimes it will be a combination of all of the above and more.

Importantly, we also ensure every young person receives the support and guidance they need to prepare them for work or a return to education.

Our main supported accommodation projects are in Brighton & Hove, Worthing, Mid Sussex, Guildford, Crawley, Horsham, Eastbourne and Hastings.

There is no direct access to any of our supported accommodation projects. Young people are referred to our projects via a statutory or voluntary sector agency for example, local councils, Social Services, Probation, etc.

For more information please contact:

Guildford: Paul Napthine – Head of Operations – 01483 532555 – paul.napthine@ymcadlg.org

Brighton and Hove: Michelle Hunter – Head of Operations – 01273 206064 – michelle.hunter@ymcadlg.org

East Sussex: Anna Cooley-Greene – Head of Operations – anna.cooley-greene@ymcadlg.org

West Sussex: Sheldon McMullan – Head of Operations – 07870 607776 – sheldon.mcmullan@ymcadlg.org

Empty Homes

Empty Homes is a YMCA DownsLink Group scheme to bring empty properties in Sussex and Surrey back into use.

Older Looked After Children

Specialist residential care and supported accommodation projects for young people in local authority care.

Student accommodation at The Bridge, Guildford

Packed with excellent facilities The Bridge offers half board accommodation in Guildford.

YAC - Housing advice for young people

A drop-in service which offers support and advice to young people aged 16-25 who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.