YMCA DownsLink Group’s Learning Team provide a variety of opportunities to re-engage vulnerable young people with a range of needs and learning barriers, back into a learning environment.

Through our programmes and schemes that we run across Sussex and Surrey, we are committed to supporting the personal and professional development of young people in order to help them move towards independence and economic security and stability.

Building on the success of our long standing Alternative Education Programmes we are now delivering Study Programmes, Employability Programmes, sector specific short courses and Apprenticeships. These are all underpinned by needs-assessed functional skills and enrichment courses.

The Team have designed a Learning Journey that addresses barriers to employment, education and training; and recognises both individual needs alongside potential.

Young People accessing our Learning Journey are all supported by expert and non-judgemental mentoring through our award winning YMCA Positive Placements Programme.

We are currently delivering our Learning Journey to residents within our supported housing projects (homeless young people), young people who access our Youth Advice Centre (YAC), young ex-offenders and young people within the wider community.

Click the links below for more information:

Alternative Education
YMCA Positive Placements
Study Programmes