This mentoring scheme involves working with young people to improve confidence, build life skills and write CVs to move on to education, training or employment.


  • Are you non-judgemental, confident and empathic?
  • Are you a good listener?
  • Do you enjoy getting the best out of people?
  • Can you remain calm when faced with anger and frustration?

Do you have a couple of hours a week to spare?

We are looking for YMCA Positive Placement volunteer mentors from a wide range of backgrounds who could be positive role models. We are currently recruiting in Guildford, Horsham, Brighton & Hove and Mid Sussex. Our volunteers should be at a reasonably stable point in their lives and don’t foresee any major changes in their circumstances over the next 6 to 12 months.

Mentors are asked to commit 1-2 hours per week to meet with a young person and need to undergo a DBS check that we will pay for. We offer initial and ongoing training and monthly peer to peer support as well as 1:1 support. YMCA DLG will pay for reasonable out of pocket expenses. We also find that YMCA Positive Placements volunteers like to meet up socially and occasionally after team meetings we will go for dinner or a drink as a group.

Many people find mentoring challenging, but rewarding. It can enhance your CV, widen your social circle and enable you to give something back to your community.


We are looking for businesses in Guildford, Brighton & Hove, Mid Sussex & Horsham to work in partnership with YMCA Positive Placements. Could you offer a young person a step through the door into employment by offering a work experience placement, voluntary work, an apprenticeship or paid employment?

Unsure about setting up an apprenticeship? We can support you to do that. For more information just click here.

Did you know that you could get a grant to set up an apprenticeship? Click here.

Young People

– Are you aged between 16 and 25, unemployed, not in education or training and claiming a benefit?
– Do you live in Horsham, Crawley, Mid Sussex, Brighton & Hove or Guildford?
– Could you benefit from a little bit of extra support?
Then you might be eligible to meet with a YMCA Positive Placements mentor.

This is completely voluntary and a supportive, professional relationship designed to help you focus and achieve your goals for the future.

Interested? Email for more info.


Do you work with young people aged 16-25 who are NEET (not in employment, education or training) in Brighton & Hove, Horsham or Mid Sussex? If a young person you are working with feels they could benefit from a YMCA Positive Placements mentor, you can refer them to the project using the referral form, click here to download.

For more information

For more information call, text, or email using the details below:

Brighton & Hove – Valentina Wright
07850 509702

Mid Sussex – Catherine Pardoe
07392 879247

Horsham and general enquiries – Catherine Pardoe
07392 879247

Guildford – Bridget Parker
T 07894 405569

Crawley – Catherine Pardoe
07392 879247

Eastbourne – Suzanne Cleverley
07392 879247