YMCA DownsLink Group runs the Crawley Foyer, providing housing to over 80 young people in a range of properties across Crawley. We support young people in housing crisis and inspire them to make positive changes to their lives by helping them with housing and employment opportunities.

We help young people overcome exclusion and disadvantages by providing opportunities to gain qualifications and training. The aim is to put young people in a good position to enter the world of work, gain independence and then to move out into a home of their own.


Each young person is assigned a key worker who will help them to identify targets and to work towards achieving goals that lead to independence. Support staff are available around the clock to provide a safe, secure environment along with support and advice.


The Foyer main building includes a range of facilities that residents and partner agencies can benefit from:

  • An IT suite provides all residents access to computers which are also used for classes and job clubs
  • Free WiFi is available for all residents
  • A Music Suite provides a space for budding DJs and singers to practice and record
  • A large Training Kitchen provides space for cooking classes and meals with family
  • Meeting rooms provide space for evening sessions such as art, gaming and movie nights

Getting involved

Here are some of the ways you can get involved and make a difference to the lives of young people who live at the Crawley Foyer:

  • Volunteer
  • Sponsor a young person’s room
  • Take part in a fundraising event
  • Donate
  • Become a mentor to a resident
  • Provide an apprenticeship or work experience

Contact us

If you are a young person and in housing crisis you can access our service by speaking to another agency such as Connexions or Crawley Borough Council.

If you are a referring agent and working with a young person who could benefit from our service please contact us for vacancy details and referral information.

If you are interested in supporting the work of the Crawley Foyer contact us:

T 01293 514222

Get involved

There are lots of ways you can support our work and make a difference to the lives of the young people we work with.

Where we work

YMCA DownsLink Group offers a wide range of services across Surrey and Sussex.

What we do

Find out more about our work across Sussex and Surrey at YMCA DownsLink Group.