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

Mollie wearing a white shirt smiling taking a selfie

Mollie’s story

Mollie's anxious thoughts were taking over her life and stopping her from being independent. But when she started seeing a YMCA counsellor, she was empowered to gain back control.
Ex resident Millie smiling at the camera

Millie’s story

Millie had a difficult childhood which impacted her mental health and resulted in her leaving home at just 16. She was given a home in our 24-hour supported accommodation and life began to improve when she received the wraparound care and consistent support she needed.
Dee at Hailsham boxing club smiling

Dee’s story

Dee dreams of being a champion. She wants to represent Britain as part of the GB boxing team. Despite facing challenges as a teenager, with our support, she’s thriving and is working hard to turn her dreams into reality.  

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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