Where we work - YMCA DownsLink Group

Where we work

We've been preventing children and young people from facing crisis and supporting them to achieve their potential across Sussex and Surrey for 175 years.

We prevent youth homelessness by providing supported accommodation alongside the wraparound support they need. We give children and young people easy access to support and advice services when they need them. We provide children, young people and families with a range of mental health and emotional wellbeing services

Find out more about our 3 main areas of work; Accommodation, support & advice, and counselling.

Find out more about our services

Helping young people stay safe from sexual exploitation

How you can help

Give £5 a month

Provide vital basics

Gift a young person a warm welcome. Help us provide homely touches such as a toothbrush, clean bedding, and access to hot food.

Help them feel at home.

Give £12 a month

Room Sponsor (40p per day)

Your Room Sponsorship will give a young person near you, a safe, stable home, so they can begin their journey to independence.

Give them the first step to a brighter future.

Give £36 a month

One to one support

Many of our homeless young people have experienced trauma. Your donation will help pay for our caring support staff.

Help rebuild their trust.

Young People's Stories

Caleb’s Story

Some emotional issues made life difficult for Caleb, aged 8. A Dialogue school counsellor was able to help him talk things through in a safe place.
Josh sat on a sofa smiling, wearing a red jumper and blue jeans

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.
Dylan with curley brown hair and braces smiling at the camera, sat in a grass field

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.

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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