YMCA DownsLink Group has been supporting young people and families in Eastbourne and Hailsham for more than 100 years. We provide services for young people through youth clubs, supported housing, as well as advice and guidance services developed by qualified professionals.

Last year we also ran several successful projects ranging from our hugely popular summer skate programme to weekly youth clubs; this year we have included more activities than ever before to engage our young people such as the Shinewater Graffiti project. Our goal is to provide even more opportunities for local young people to belong, contribute and thrive.

Click here to visit our Virtual Youth Club 


Youth Clubs – Closed until further notice.

Our youth clubs and associated work comprises an extensive programme of activities and sessions for young people aged 11-25 across Eastbourne. We hold weekly Youth clubs in Langney Willingdon Trees, Devonshire and we are soon to further develop youth opportunities in Old Town and Shinewater. These sessions provide young people with the opportunity to try new activities, make new friends and access the support of staff and volunteers.

YMCA Youth Club – Langney 6-8pm
The club is FREE for all young people aged 11-19 and there is no
need to book – just show up!
Langney Village Hall, BN23 7DX

YMCA Youth Club – Devonshire 6-8pm
The club is FREE for all young people aged 11-19 and there is no
need to book – just show up!
YAC 56-58 Seaside, BN22 7QL

YMCA Youth Club – Willingdon 6-8pm
The club is FREE for all young people aged 11-19 and there is no
need to book – just show up!
Willingdon Trees  Community Centre BN22 0UT

LGBTQ+ Youth Groups

We support two LGBTQ+ groups for young people. One in partnership with East Sussex Targeted Youth Support (TYS) based at the Archery Youth Centre and one in partnership with I Am Who I Am based at the YAC in Devonshire.

LGBTQ+ – Archery  4-6pm
Contact: tina.smith@eastsussex.gov.uk
lizzie.vine@eastsussex.gov.uk or
or text 07943 911 479

LGBTQ+ – Devonshire 6-8pm
YAC 56-58 Seaside, BN22 7QL
Contact: iam_who_iam@mail.com or
or text 07943 911 479.

YAC (Youth Advice Centre) – Eastbourne

We are based at the YMCA Youth Advice Centre in Eastbourne, which includes bookable meeting rooms, a music studio and a well-equipped kitchen. You can find the building at 56-58 Seaside, BN22 7QL.

For more information on the projects taking place in this area call Gary Crowhurst on 07943 911479 or email Gary.Crowhurst@ymcadlg.org.

Information & Guidance

Schools Homelessness Prevention Project (HPP)

The Schools Homelessness Prevention Project is an East Sussex based initiative backed by local councils that aims to promote awareness of the risks of homelessness and the realities of living independently. The one-hour presentation targets 12 to 18-year olds and involves an interactive budgeting exercise and video interviews of people who have real life experience of homelessness.

The HPP presentation covers the following areas:

  • Planning to leave home
  • Leaving home in an unplanned way
  • Budgeting and independent living
  • Risks of becoming homeless
  • Accessing support (including accommodation, Single Point of Advice (SPOA) and mediation)

To get in touch please contact Andrew Batsford on 07557855733 or andrew.batsford@ymcadlg.org


Supported and Independent Living Accommodation

Across Eastbourne and Hailsham we operate three supported accommodation projects, housing 60 young people within 60 units of independent living accommodation. Staff are on hand 24 hours a day, with a housing concierge available at nights.

McKendrick House is a 17 bed Intensively Supported Residential property. The property is three attached houses, with shared bathroom and kitchen facilities. The contact number for McKendrick House is: 01323 439694.

YMCA Eastbourne Foyer is another Intensively Supported Residential Centre. It houses 33 young people between the ages of 16 and 25 years old. Each flat has its own kitchen and bathroom facilities and two of the flats are specially adapted for those requiring wheelchair access. The contact number for YMCA Eastbourne Foyer is: 01323 735618.

Grove House in Hailsham is a small property, housing seven young people. There are shared kitchen, bathroom and lounge facilities. The contact number is: 01323 847900.

‘More than a Room’ is our holistic support package which actively encourage residents into education, training, employment or voluntary work. Whilst living with us residents will gain many essential life skills and social skills empowering them to move successfully into semi-independent or fully independent accommodation.

Barnabas House is our lower support accommodation, providing accommodation for nine young people aged 18-25. Most of our residents will move here as a progression from McKendrick House or Eastbourne Foyer. It is a step towards independent living and staff support is less intensive. We hope that after a successful period of time living at Barnabas House, young people will be supported into their own property, whether council owned or private rented.

Our independent living accommodation is provided through a leasing scheme that brings empty properties back into use. Properties are renovated and then offered as move-on accommodation for young people from our supported housing who are ready to live independently.

For information about our supported accommodation in Eastbourne contact us on 01323 735618 or email info@ymcadlg.org.

For all referrals into our properties in Eastbourne and Hailsham, please contact us on 01323 735618 or email eastbourneymcadlgreferral@ymcadlg.org.